EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
by J. H.
Cover, 293 pages,
Book with Case
BOOK arrives enclosed
in a custom case with an enlarged picture of the whale on the front.
When the case is opened, you can hear the whale's song.
Case: 9.25" x 12.25" x
"I couldn't put the
book down once I started. I became spellbound."
with a real message and lessons for all ages. Honest, open and
heartfelt, with moments of happiness and tears."
people speak to animals, very few people, though, hear animals speak
back to them.
"Jon Soeder is one of the very few.
"True Tails is a
delightful book--very intimate, filled with adventures told by a man
who never stopped looking at the world through the innocent eyes
of a child, and who has a special connection with animals.
unique as Jon's gift is, most animal lovers may have felt a similar
'connection' with animals. We all remember unique stories and
lessons those animals taught us.
the bird, Goldie the orange tabby, and Jack the courageous Crow,
have left powerful memories that Jon shares with all of us.
"Whilst reading True Tails I found myself smiling and remembering my
own stories, the animals with whom I shared my own adventures.
"Jon brought back some of my best memories, and for this I thank
"True Tails is a book
every animal lover will enjoy. I would especially recommend it to two
very different sectors of the public.
Older children and young adults: The book is emphatically didactic
and quite a few chapters are written from a child's perspective.
Animal activists: True Tales is a welcome respite from cruelty and
horrors we face on a daily basis.
just passed the book on to my cats. Judging by how fast Dr. Doom is
turning those pages and how intently the other ones are listening, I
can see Jon's voice is present in this home today."
Animal Organization International.
Did all the animals talk in Eden–
or was it just us?
is not just a collection of anecdotal stories about the animals that
surround us. It's the true story about the life of a young boy who,
at the age of two, discovers that he can hear animals speak, and how
those conversations affect and mold his life.
Through these stories Jon tells, you'll discover some secrets about
animals and incredibly funny moments of the world that surrounds us
all. Lessons about life that are waiting to be learned. Lessons for
all ages and all walks of life.
People often ask me why I wrote this
book and why I am donating half of the profits from the sale of this
book to animal rights and animal organizations.
When I left the
missionary life, I had not really watched much, if little,
television. Back in late March of last year, I had been 'channel
surfing' and came up on a series called "Whale Wars." It was a
reality television documentary of a small group of whale activists
battling Japanese from killing whales.
What I saw only one hour--the
insanity of the Japanese Whaling vessel, plus the fact that these
huge creatures are being hunted for 'a delicacy'--made me sick to my
stomach. The truth is that not even the meat is needed for man's
survival or that some portion of the meal cures anything. Instead,
some arguments are that people will lose their jobs in a small
whaling village or that these people don't know any other vocation,
or somebody just wants sushi. Another argument is that killing whales
is part of an 'ethnic tradition' of a national culture.
It was gross and
truthfully a justification.
At that moment, while
watching this program, I felt I had to do something about the
senselessness and insanity. I had to say something. These creatures
were friends. They were and are aware. Their species is over 65
million years old. We are just beginning to understand them. We have
fished and killed them and yet, scientists are beginning to
see that whales communicate, save humans at times and travel great
distances around the globe with a purpose. Because man has not
figured out how to communicate with them, some of us treat them like
meat on a table. Whales are not like cattle, where we grow them and
replenish. It's not even like we really need their meat as a
About the author
J. H. Soeder
From the age
Jon didn't think having intelligent conversations with his
pets and the many wild animals he encountered was anything
unusual - until years later when he would relate his true
stories to friends and family. "You should write a book!" was
always the response . . . and so, he did!
Tails related Jon's experiences with creatures big and
small, from the tiniest of insects to the largest creatures
living on the earth today, the majestic whales. not a
"whisperer," but simply a friend of those
who inhabit the animal kingdom, Jon shares his personal
stories in the hope of raising public awareness that humans
aren't the only life forms on our planet capable of expressing
thoughts and feelings, and they deserve our admiration
and protection. Thus, one half of the net proceeds from each
copy of True Tails sold will go to animal rights
Jon is a graduate with honors with two degrees from the
University of Miami. Among Jon's accomplishments is his
participation in a ninety-five-hundred-mile Bicentennial relay
run through the continental United State and years of
missionary work. He currently resides in Venture, California
with his wife and family, pursuing his art and writing.
I have had very
personal experiences with whales and other creatures. I felt
that writing a book, telling what I had personally
experienced, would be a way of raising public awareness.
I had to step over the line, come out from my comfortable life
and say something. Not just anything, but the truth I always
knew and never spoke about.
All of the experiences existed. To help prove the point I
shared intimate moments of my life. But is wasn't just the
happy moments. Having others there in those personal moments
and experiencing what I was hearing and seeing, putting it down
in my book, was a way that would make the book more real for
So the purpose and reason I wrote this book is for my friends,
all creatures great and small. As a writer, I feel they
have contributed to my story in a very big way. So I decided
that half of the profits from the sales of the book would go
to animal rights and animal protection. It's how I can help
them my friends.