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I’ve encountered many non-human creatures on my life’s journey.
I have found each and every one of these animals to be a unique and wondrous being.
Animals have truly brought fullness to my life. Some of them have also brought deep anguish and pain.
Each person or animal depicted in this book has taught me something. Some of these lessons have been humorous, some painful, and some extremely sad.
Yet I truly believe that my encounters with all sorts of animals have been an integral part of making me who I am today – an avowed ‘animal person.’
I used to sleep naked on warm summer nights. Maybe it was a subconscious throwback to my wonderful, carefree, skinny-dipping days at the old quarry.
Maybe it was the kid in me.
Maybe I just liked sleeping naked for whatever reason.
I don't sleep naked anymore.
A tiny wild creature taught me not to. And, this tiny creature taught me very well...
Owning and loving an animal is like riding a roller coaster. One minute, you’re on top of the world - laughing, smiling, and playing with your pet. The next minute, you’re plummeting to the bottom, you’ve got a gut-wrenching ache in your stomach, and you know you’re going to be sick because one of your beloved pets is gravely ill or injured.
Yet, I truly believe that getting to know any type of animal, and loving it, is definitely worth this exciting, yet harrowing, roller coaster ride.
Wild New Pet Books for Fall
By Steve Dale, syndicated Tribune Media Services columnist and host of Animal Planet Radio.
Join the author on his personal journeys. You'll meet lots of dogs and cats, but also learn a little about what pot-bellied pigs wonder about, and hear the songs of canaries. This is a very personal account. For example, on Kostro's 50th birthday, he was feeling the angst of a mid-life crisis. He felt better after he stripped naked in his garage, as his various animals watched with amusement. Kostro doesn't say what they were amused about! This is the kind of book you don't see much of anymore on the pet shelves. It's not a 'how to' book. It's just plain old-fashioned story telling.
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
By Midwest Book Review
Knowledgeably written by Ed Kostro (animal shelter volunteer, animal rights activist, and published member of the Cat Writers' Association), Curious Creatures -- Wondrous Waifs: My Life With Animals is a compelling and informative look back on a life filled with close observation of nature's wild and wonderful creatures, ranging from eagles, moose, and raccoons to pot-bellied pigs and parakeets. Respect, wry humor, and thoughtful reflections upon the animal point of view combine to make for a thoroughly fascinating assortment of anecdotes from a true animal lover.
By The Animal Radio Network
This is one of those books that you can't put down. It's definitely a page turner. This book contains many short stories as Ed takes you on an incredible journey of his life, from his childhood into his manhood. But, it is clear from the beginning that his love for the animals has always been there. It is humorous, playful and sometimes saddening.
If you have read this book, you are an animal lover and can relate to some of his stories. If you have not read this book, I would highly recommend it - it may even turn you into an animal lover.
Let's hope for a sequel!!
Animal People Newspaper:
“Kostro’s journey starts when he is a three-year-old living in the inner city with his Polish immigrant parents and grandparents. As a boy he often rescued animals; as a teenager he found summer camp a place of untold discovery; and his relationships with animals, especially his little dog Pepper, fared better than his marriage, which ended in divorce.
“I truly believe that my encounters with all sorts of animals have been an integral part of making me who I am today––an avowed ‘animal person,’” Kostro writes. There are plenty of amusing stories. For example, he finds a baby robin that has fallen out of her nest. Up goes a huge ladder and the baby is returned to a full nest of robin chicks. As one chick is replaced and Kostro climbs down, another is pushed out and there begins a procession of returning robin chicks to the rather inadequate nest. A large crowd of neighbors gathers to watch. Eventually an onlooker yells out to Kostro to enlarge the nest. Thus the see-saw of rescuer and robins came to a happy ending for all.
Kostro describes the desolation resulting from urban decay and suburban sprawl, which kills the natural beauty of a city’s surroundings, and the impact that this has upon family values. He emphasizes simple values that seem to have been lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday living.
Each chapter is an excellent bedtime story.”
Reviews for "Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals"
|Reviewed by P Wilson
From one fellow animal lover to another, I was wondering if you had a website set up to establish a network of animal lovers?
As well as having reviews for your works, it might be useful to get a network of helpers to 'adopt', 'sponsor' and 'help' any of the abused and neglected animals that you become aware of. May I step forward first for Manchester area in the U.K. I have two pet cockatiels and am particularly open to helping any birds that need a helping hand. I love dogs enormously, but cannot currently be fair in taking one in due to personal circumstances and a cat is out of the question due to my birds.
Warmest Regards and best wishes on the success of your book,
|Reviewed by Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom
|Your books and poetry look very interesting. I think I'll have to pick a couple up so I can read them and give you a proper review. I will say right now, that this book looks like it can teach us humans a thing or two about life (any animal can if you're willing to listen-- I think). I'm very curious to find out which animal made you change your sleeping habits.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|This is a must read for all animal lover's who will find it difficult to put this book down once they start reading it. It has humor and pathos and it will bring you into the mindset of this nature and animal lover who spins one tale after another that will keep you turning each page until you reach the finish.
A delightful book that I would highly recommend for all ages to read and be inspired by. Hollywood producers would be missing a good bet if they did not find material for a wonderful family movie based on this marvelous book.
AD Author and Member George Carroll
|Reviewed by Helen Downey
|Ed, I really need to get this book...I love animals and they have a personality all their own. They are like children to me. Some individuals don't realize how smart animals are. I write about them in my stories often. Thanks for sharing, Helen|
|Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
|O.K. I've read all the reviews and it sounds like my kind of story. I'm going to order the book!|
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|you really do animals justice Ed, this book sounds and is witness to this. Congrads|
|Reviewed by Reginald Birch
|Ed Kostro’s “Curious Creatures – Wondrous Waifs.
After reading many people’s chronicles of growing to adulthood, this is the first I have read that animals and creatures of all kinds feature as they do all through the memoirs author Ed Kostro aptly titles “Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs”. You will learn that Ed Kostro’s love for all nature’s creatures great and small stems from an early age that grew as he did into a real passion for the bounty of life on this planet.
If you are an animal lover this book will give you the insight of one man’s view of living with all that is not human. And if you just take animals as a matter of fact, this book will undoubtedly give you fruit for thought, as you will never see an animal in the same light again and realise why some one could be so engrossed in the animal kingdom although his life.
All, whether an animal lover or not, will find this book “Curious Creatures – Wondrous Waifs a worthy read, as all will find each chapter a story in its self. An exceptional book by an extraordinary man.
Recommended - Reginald Stanley Birch
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
i would love to read this book! kinda strapped for cash right now (who ISN'T???) but will order the book, so save me a copy...
(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|Reading this book about animals, written by Ed Kostro,
This writer is really more than an author he is a pro,
I know quite honestly he is also a lover of the crow,
His book has amazed me, his childhood living in a home in row,
Inner city kid he was, with the benefits of a loving family he did grow,
Into an adult with a love for all animals, from aardvark’s to zebra’s,
Cats, dogs, horses, and bugs, creatures of the night, and of the light…
So well he did write this book, that I could not put it down,
Read this book for hours upon hours, each chapter I could hear the sound,
Of each and every animal he did speak of, their voice’s from the heavens,
They can be heard quite clearly, Ed did write of each with a reverence…
I love animals myself, but my love is not as strong as this writers,
His love spans time, his whole life, his boyhood, teen years,
And now that he is an adult, his wife does share his love most clear,
Wish that I could explain this better, but if your looking for a book,
That brings on more than laughter and retrospection,
You will find that this book does just that, for me it brought tears,
Joy, and happiness, pain and dismay, I will be re-reading Ed’s stories for the rest of my years…
Edward W. Matlack
|Reviewed by Jackie Brooks
|I started to read Ed Kostro's book, 'Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs' early one afternoon, and could not put it down until forced to by shaking with hunger, a quick bite to eat and I was back to the book, finishing it late that night.
I lived, laughed and cried with Ed throughout that book, it brought his childhood and adult experiences with family, friends and animals to life, and I felt I was right there watching these events take place.
It takes a special kind of person to 'see' and treat an animal as a friend and confidant, not just some mindless, unfeeling, creature, and Ed is one of those special people. He loves all creatures and he is fully involved with those that he has been privileged to share his life with. He loves all creatures to such an extent that he gets himself into some situations that would give most people nightmares or a fit of the heebie-jeebies. I'm not going to give away anything - you will just have to read the book.
Often, as I read this book, I could relate to some of the animals Ed wrote about, his cat Gabby for instance, she could be my Sammy Jo's twin, both very talkative, demanding, and letting everyone know who is boss in their house. All animals possess their own unique and individual personalities, likes and dislikes etc., Ed illustrates this in every story and chapter of his book, of course, most animal lovers are aware of this already, if you have never really studied animal behaviour before, then this book will be a delightful eye-opener to you.
This book is not a cold, text book of animal behaviour, it is a heartwarming narrative of one mans' experiences with his many animal friends. When you open your heart to any creature, expect to have it broken at some point, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is what makes us truly human and Ed is very definitely a warm and loving human being who draws animals to him.
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|Reviewed by Carol Chapman
|This is from Richard (Carol's son) I read your book and made Mom go buy some meat tenderizer, just in case. We raise bees here and I sleep the same way you do. Anyone who hasn't read this book yet, well shame on you! It is really good, down right a must read for anybody who loves good stories and animals.
PS Tell my Mom to get me an Author's Den page of my own please
|Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa
|Great looking book. Surely, will be a great adventure to read.|
|Reviewed by Bobbie Hess (Reader)
|Your book is an inspiration to all animal owners. Your short stories of life as a youngster into adulthood with pets all around will be motivating factors to those who read them. I was touched more than once by relating to experiences you spoke of—I was hurt and angered by some in the way that people treated their pets; I shed tears when I read about you having to do what was best for those that were sick (it reminded me so much of our pet cat, Sparkey, whom we had to put to sleep about a year ago due to a very aggressive cancer and my precious Bumpkin (dog) that due to seizures and lumps, had to be put to sleep several years ago and Cleo, our dog that I spent most of my childhood with); I thrilled at the aspect of seeing newborns; and I remembered the joys of my own childhood in playing and carousing with our pets.
I understand your final chapters with so much heart and soul—animals only try to survive in their habitat and man has moved in and pushed them out. Some with respect, but most, cruelly. I love to float back in time through my memories of my friends who are gone now and the wonderful experiences we shared.
My sister is quite an avid animal lover as yourself and I would like to buy an autographed copy of your book for her to read. Her birthday is in June so if you will let me know how much, I will be more than happy to send you a check (Scott Zachary, my husband, has your address) and I guess now that I’ve finished your book, I will let him have it to read. Bobbie Hess
|Reviewed by Carol Chapman
|This book, with it's ability to drag the reader into the story and have them committed to caring about the outcome, is incredible. I loved everyone of Ed's stories and could see the sense of wonder he has for all of the creatures that share this world with us.
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz
|This book, from its very attractive cover, to the poignant quotes at the end, is a "must read" for animal lovers, as well as for those who should be.
My favorites are "Montgomery Outback," and the story about Ancient Italian Grandmother.
A beautiful addition to any library shelf.
|Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers
|took the time to read everything on your pages here,lol.. thank you for the invite to do so.. what a wonderful life it seems you have had|
|Reviewed by P. Michaels
I read your book review and I laughed. I'm going to buy your book as soon as my husband gets back to work. He had recent surgery and is taking time off without pay. I'm hoping he finds a job soon after New Years Day. I won't forget to buy it. :-)
|Reviewed by Vesna Perkovic
|..OK ..NOW You have me intrigued...I am definately getting your book next month...
|Reviewed by Ann Marquette
|Ed, this sounds like a wonderful story. I too love -most- :-) animals. I wish I could be totally unafraid of certain ones, as is the little girl in my story Little One~End of Journey Alone.
I too am published by PA. I must order your book. Congratulations!
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Would love to read this book; sounds like something right up my alley! :D (((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D|
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