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About the Author

Carl Safina is the vice president for Marine Conservation and founder of the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society. He is also an adjunct professor at Yale. He lives in Islip, New York.

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Works by Carl Safina

Associated Works

Drifters: Plastics, Pollution, and Personhood (2010) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Awards and honors
Lannan Literary Award (Nonfiction, 2000)



This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Won through Librarything's Early Reviewers. This is a fascinating book looking at animal emotions, feelings and thinking across the Kingdom. We look at Elephants, Orcas, Wolves and other species, as well as animals more broadly. The author doesn't rely on scientific experiments as much as behavioral analysis in wild animals. It suggests a completely new way of observing and understanding creatures of all sizes. The writing itself has a few quirks. The italics are odd and the author gets a bit long winded in a few sections, but overall, a good book.… (more)
cabracrazy18 | 22 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
What a great story about the natural world and filled with photographs worthy of National Geographic. As indicated by the publisher's blurb, it is the story of one tiny rescued owl and those who ensured her survival as well as those of her progeny at a time in the human world when life was viewed as more precious because of the restrictions and more because of a growing pandemic. The reading level is no less than middle school but is well suited for reading alone or WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to everyone, but especially to a school, hospital, or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary advance uncorrected proof on Adobe Digital Editions from W. W. Norton & Company/Norton Young Readers via NetGalley. Thank you!
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jetangen4571 | Apr 13, 2024 |
#FirstLine - The Little Owl had for more than a year been living a comfortable, healthy life.

Alfie & Me isn't just a book; it's a profound journey that resonates deeply with me as an owl enthusiast. I've always had a special place in my heart for these magnificent birds and even have a collection of owl items, so Carl Safina's tale of his unique relationship with an orphaned screech owl, Alfie, truly spoke to my soul.

As I delved into the pages of this book, I couldn't help but marvel at how Carl and Patricia took in a near-death baby owl, fully expecting her presence to be temporary. But when Alfie's feathers didn't grow correctly, her stay became prolonged, and she started to make a place for herself in their lives. The more I read, the more I felt the deep connection that formed between Alfie and the Safinas – a connection that was profoundly mutual. I could relate to the idea that owls, with their mysterious and wise demeanor, can become an integral part of one's life, almost like an enigmatic friend.

What makes this story even more captivating is the way Carl Safina weaves it into the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when many of us found ourselves spending more time at home, exploring our immediate surroundings, and reevaluating our relationship with the natural world. As someone who adores owls, I couldn't help but appreciate the intricate details of Alfie's life and her eventual release into the wild.

Safina's observations and reflections throughout the book provide a unique perspective on humanity's connection with nature, and for someone like me, who cherishes owls, it's like a window into a world I've always yearned to understand better. Alfie & Me is more than just a story; it's a profound exploration of the bonds that form between humans and the natural world. This book holds a special place in my heart as an owl lover, offering a deeper appreciation for our place within the grand tapestry of nature. It's a must-read for anyone who, like me, finds solace and wonder in the eyes of these remarkable birds.
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Mrsmommybooknerd | Oct 25, 2023 |
The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It’s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you there. Whether there is Midway Island crammed with albatross is under every foot path, or to the bloody hooks of a fishing line drowning magnificent birds for no reason.

This is why I had to stop reading the book in the last third of it. Because, quite necessarily, he focuses on the horrors humans have wrought on these birds the oceans and nature itself. I just couldn’t continue anymore.

Already being a vegetarian who never liked fish, it left me feeling sad and hopeless because there is so little that we can actually do to stop this human destruction.
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stickersthatmatter | 7 other reviews | May 29, 2023 |



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