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2. Sock Monkey Dreams: Daily Life
3. Economic implications of the effects
4. Community Approaches to Feral

 Paperback: Pages (1992-01-01)

Asin: B0027L5FU0
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2. Sock Monkey Dreams: Daily Life at the Red Heel Monkey Shelter
by Whitney Shroyer, Letitia Walker
Hardcover: 96 Pages (2006-09-21)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.04
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Asin: 0670038083
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In celebration of an enduring American craft icon, Sock Monkey Dreams dares to ask the question "What are sock monkeys up to when humans aren’t looking?" With voices alternately funny, sweet, clever, crabby, and more than a little tongue in cheek, the residents of the Red Heel Monkey Shelter, a refuge for abandoned sock monkeys, reveal a world that looks surprisingly like our own.

Sock newsmonkey Benny Hathaway and socktographer Link faithfully record the life and times of their fellow Red Heel residents. Each character, whether a celebrity, artist, doctor, or handymonkey, comes alive through interviews, stories, and full-color photos. Full-page dioramas provide the most detailed and fascinating window into the secret life of sock monkeys that perhaps has ever been published. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (10)

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
It was not even worth the effort to ask for my money back.And I was generous when I gave it one star.I only bought it because they hooked me with the old buy this with that....

4-0 out of 5 stars Sock Monkey Dreams -- great product and service
Got the product -- a book -- on time and it was in excellent condition.Would purchase another product from this seller.

4-0 out of 5 stars lord love a duck...
Whitney Shroyer and Letitia Walker, Sock Monkey Dreams: Daily Life at the Red Heel Monkey Shelter (Viking, 2006)

All the sudden there's a sock monkey revolution out there. I'm not entirely sure why, but the odd-looking, slightly ominous little dolls are all the rage again. Viking are the latest company to capitalize on the trend with Shroyer and Walker's Sock Monkey Dreams, an odd little photography book that purports to be about the lives of some sentient sock monkeys.

Okay, once the trauma of that image is out of your head, away we'll go with the review.

The basic idea behind the book was this: construct a scene, add some sock moneys, take a picture, write some text to go with the picture. Not out of the ordinary for a book of photography. This is a lot more than just captions, though. Shroyer and Walker have created an entire sock monkey civilization, replete with politics, a pecking order, the bad side of the tracks, you name it. The stories intertwine to give a complete (as far as we know) picture of life at the Red Heel Monkey Shelter. It's exceptionally clever, and well carried-out. The pictures are taken with an eye to composition, though that shouldn't be surprising given their artificial nature.

It's quite the flight of fancy, and if sock monkeys don't terrify you, you'll probably love it. *** ½

5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous
This is a great book if you like to laugh.What a hoot!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sock Monkey Dreams Is Unique, Smart, Satisfying
The premise is deceptively simple: sock monkeys aren't just sitting idly on shelves waiting for human beings to notice and interact with them. They are in fact leading rich, sometimes complex inner lives.

Reading SOCK MONKEY DREAMS is much like peering through window after window of a doll's house (in this case, a turreted red Victorian two-story dubbed the Red Heel Monkey Shelter) to witness the scenes inside actually in motion, the characters fully fleshed and engaged in matters of interest and concern to them, whether we are observing them or not.

The reader is prepared for this shift in perspective by the opening chapters, in which, respectively, sock monkeys Folio and Benny Hathaway provide the history of the origin and development of their simian kind (including a fascinating series of photos illustrating the physical evolution of the species), and explain the impetus behind Benny's decision to gather stories of the Shelter's citizens.

Benny clarifies early: "Before we go any further, I think that we should get one thing straight. The way the monkeys at the Red Heel Monkey Shelter look at life is not necessarily the way all sock monkeys look at the world around them... Not all sock monkeys are self-centered, crazy, infused with magical powers, or convinced they are royalty or ex-movie stars. Not all monkeys have their own TV shows, join rock bands, or run little secondhand shops. As far as I know. But some of the monkeys here do these things." (SMD, p. 16)

The majority of the book provides glimpses into the lives of these monkeys, through snippets of interviews and articles from The Monkey Ape Vine, as well as sidebars that explain Cool Girls slang or the rules of games like Slug Bug and Slickety Wicket.

But the clever, often funny and sometimes poignant writing is only half of the delight of SOCK MONKEY DREAMS. Numerous gorgeous, full-page photographs of sock monkeys in action, using satisfyingly detailed sets, provide the reader with a visual feast. They also provoke not a few 'how did they DO that?'s. The Minibabies garden, GAGA OSME circus scene, and Zippy's surreal birthday party are particular favorites.

The vignette style of SOCK MONKEY DREAMS makes it possible to read the book beginning at any point (dreams, after all, being non-linear). It succeeds in operating on multiple story-telling levels to appeal to a range of ages and temperaments. It is both simple and sophisticated, clever and straightforward. It is by turns sweet and sardonic, laugh provoking and insightful. The characters into whose lives we glimpse are shown clearly to be as prone to foibles and follies, to hold hopes (or delusions) as strongly, to love and disdain and provoke and ignore each other as completely as any human beings.

SOCK MONKEY DREAMS is the sort of book that will stimulate all but the dullest or most jaded imaginations, and I recommend it most highly. ... Read more

3. Economic implications of the effects of climatic stress on shelter alternatives for finishing cattle
by David Charles Petritz
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1972)

Asin: B00073DM46
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4. Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations (Public Policy Series)
by Margaret R. Slater
Paperback: 140 Pages (2002-07)
list price: US$22.50 -- used & new: US$22.50
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Asin: 0965894258
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Almost every community has feral cats, animals too poorlysocialized to be handled who cannot be placed into typical pet homes.In many of these communities, feral cats are seen to posepublic-health, animal-welfare, nuisance-animal, or other problems.

Veterinarian Margaret R. Slater offers a comprehensive, compassionatereview of the issues surrounding feral cats and of solutions to feralcat problems in communities large and small.She also provides ablueprint to veterinarians, feral cat caretakers, animal shelters, andpublic agencies for finding common ground in their approach to feralcats.

Community Approaches to Feral Cats is a handbook for action, a greatresource, and a "must have" for anyone interested in stray, feral, andunowned cats. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Too many cats...a continuous challenge
An important documented title with an extensive bibliography, directory of organizations, and index.Obviously, the supply of incompetent pet owners will never cease.The specific question is: How can the wandering cat (owned, stray, and feral) be humanely managed?This book discusses how organizationshave made a difference by working with various components of their own community.The feral cat problem will not be solved, but this book will help animal kindness organizations put in place policies and action plans which involve education, implementation, and cooperation.Recommended for animal kindness organizations and public libraries. Also of interest: Living in Shadows by Ann K. Fisher. ... Read more

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