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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315022
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,533,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kenniff's powerful allegory about one bull's search for dignity, companionship, and meaning will touch readers in unique, startling ways. In French, "etre" means 'to be' or 'to exist, ' and readers will clearly understand why the author chose this name as they read about the daily struggle that all beef cattle go through to survive, much less to thrive. Etre is the only 'cow' in a large herd that is able to think, question, and communicate. Thus, although he seeks to understand and avoid the dangers and cruelty cows are subjected to on a regular basis, he is apparently alone in this quest. Not only does this title paint a vivid picture of what it means to exist in a lonely, cruel world, but it also provides a scathing indictment about contemporary society and man's callous disregard for other living creatures.

This title may need to be promoted for young readers to try it, but after they do, their perspective on life will be forever changed. The author has provided French/English translations of the lyrics to popular folksongs, and he also includes reading group questions. Etre the Cow is an excellent selection for literary circles or discussion groups in health or science classes."
Donna Miller--Donna Miller "VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocates ""

"ETRE THE COW is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. Dr. Sean Kenniff describes, in a completely convincing way, the drab, sometimes terrifying world of a modern "farm" seen through the eyes of a bull. To have created the personality of this story teller, Etre, is inspired. He is totally bovine. He is, in turn, curious, aggressive, obstinate, and profoundly tragic as he tries, and fails, to make sense of a situation created by humans. We are guided into dark and deeply disturbing places with the perfect mix of realism and fantasy. The characters of Etre, My Cow, Bull Calf and their inescapable fate will linger on in my mind for a very long time - probably for ever. Please read it, and send copies to your friends - as shall I."
--Jane Goodall, PhD, Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"Kenniff's powerful allegory about one bull's search for dignity, companionship, and meaning will touch readers in unique, startling ways. In French, etre means 'to be' or 'to exist, ' and readers will clearly understand why the author chose this name as they read about the daily struggle that all beef cattle go through to survive, much less to thrive. Etre is the only 'cow' in a large herd that is able to think, question, and communicate. Thus, although he seeks to understand and avoid the dangers and cruelty cows are subjected to on a regular basis, he is apparently alone in this quest. Not only does this title paint a vivid picture of what it means to exist in a lonely, cruel world, but it also provides a scathing indictment about contemporary society and man's callous disregard for other living creatures.

This title may need to be promoted for young readers to try it, but after they do, their perspective on life will be forever changed. The author has provided French/English translations of the lyrics to popular folksongs, and he also includes reading group questions. Etre the Cow is an excellent selection for literary circles or discussion groups in health or science classes."
--Donna Miller

--Donna Miller "VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocates "

"ETRE THE COW is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. Dr. Sean Kenniff describes, in a completely convincing way, the drab, sometimes terrifying world of a modern "farm" seen through the eyes of a bull. To have created the personality of this story teller, Etre, is inspired. He is totally bovine. He is, in turn, curious, aggressive, obstinate, and profoundly tragic as he tries, and fails, to make sense of a situation created by humans. We are guided into dark and deeply disturbing places with the perfect mix of realism and fantasy. The characters of Etre, My Cow, Bull Calf and their inescapable fate will linger on in my mind for a very long time - probably for ever. Please read it, and send copies to your friends - as shall I."

--Jane Goodall, PhD, Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

About the Author

Sean Kenniff, M.D., is a neurologist, radio host, and television journalist who appeared as one of the original castaways in the hit CBS television reality series Survivor. He made the transition to network television journalism at CBS News where he developed a reputation for delivering practical but inspirational advice on health and emotional wellbeing. Kenniff has shared his expertise on several television programs including The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Live! With Regis and Kelly, The CBS Early Show, The Howard Stern Show, Fox News, MSNBC, Extra!, Access Hollywood, Lifetime and many others. He is the creator of Healthapalooza.com, a health news website and he has appeared in video programming featured on WebMD. He hosts the popular radio program, the Dr. Sean Show, in South Florida.


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