Submitter: Ummmm… propaganda disguised as scholarly research. It’s obvious who the author would choose if asked, your child or your dog? The cover alone requires withdrawal. No matter which side of the debate you’re on, this is a terrible book. I’m shocked it was published by a university. Publish or die I guess.
Holly: Soooo, this is a sticky one! From the blurb on Amazon, it sounds like the author’s point is that you can’t (or shouldn’t) choose between the child or the dog. He would argue that the dog should get the same consideration as the child. Animal rights advocates certainly deserve a place on library shelves for books on their position. Carnivores and hunters do, too.
So, I ask you – does the book belong on library shelves to create balance of viewpoint in the collection? Or does this book, as Submitter indicates, tend toward propaganda vs. scholarship? One more piece of information: this was submitted by a private high school with a progressive educational philosophy. In what type of library does it belong, if any?
This one is for you all to debate and discuss. Please use your library voices and be respectful of one another.