Mercy : the incredible story of Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA and friend to animals (#0932WY1)

by Furstinger, Nancy

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7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Price: USD 15.15
Description: xiv, 178 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Dewey: 179; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 8.2
AR 8.1 MG 4 180416EN; RC 10.4 8; LEX 1140L


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Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-170) and index. A biography of Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA.

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Only 150 years ago, most animals in America were subject to horrific treatment. They needed a champion to protect them from abject cruelty, and that person was Henry Bergh. After witnessing the beating of a horse in the streets of New York and attending a bullfight in Spain, Bergh found his calling. He became an enforcer of animal rights and founded the ASPCA, as well as created many animal cruelty laws. He even expanded his advocacy to children. When Bergh died in 1888, the idea that children and animals should be protected from cruelty was widely accepted: "Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind."

Product Details
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 179
  • Classifications: Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: xiv, 178 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-544-65031-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-544-65031-2
  • LCCN: 2015-006942
  • Follett Number: 0932WY1
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 8.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 8.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 4
  • AR Quiz: 180416EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 8
  • Lexile: 1140L

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/16
  • Horn Book Magazine, 03/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/16
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/25/16
  • School Library Connection starred, 05/01/16
  • School Library Journal, 02/01/16
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 06/01/17

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 1, 2016 (Online))
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.

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