Grades 5-7. Henry Bergh was a man ahead of his time. In the nineteenth century, cruelty to animals was deemed somewhat acceptable, and ethical treatment was not a common cause of activism. Bergh was the first champion of a targeted campaign against the maltreatment of animals. Though he was seen by his adversaries as meddlesome and emotional, Bergh spoke out against the way that workhorses, slaughter animals, shooting pigeons, and strays were abused and neglected. Part of a broad wave of progressive activism, Bergh’s work had implications for public health, urbanization issues, and the political graft that were hallmarks of the era. His biography, which draws connections to more notorious figures of the day, including Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and P. T. Barnum, is a vivid example of life in New York City before the turn of the century. Intermittent color illustrations enhance the text, while Bergh himself, eccentric, devoted, and tireless, will intrigue young readers with his compassion for creatures with no voices of their own.