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Kate & Pippin's Family: The Unlikely Love Story Continues Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:192748393X
LANGUAGE:English

" Delightful pictures, fun friendship. But not as good as the first book. " said.

"Although I guess I did and do very mildly enjoy being given further information about Martin and Isobel Springett's Great Dane Kate, that the close friendship and companionship between canine adoptive parent Kate and Pippin the doe deer she cared for and mothered when it was a newly born and seemingly abandoned fawn has persisted and that Pippin (now fortunately living as a mostly wild doe in the forest) still obviously visits the Springetts and especially Kate on occasion (even allowing the family to in a way meet and greet her own fawns), I really did not enjoy Kate & Pippin's Family all that much. Isobel Springett's photographs are indeed and once again wonderfully detailed and expressive (especially capturing the many moods of both Pippin and Kate during the former's visits to the Springetts' property) and Martin Springett's accompanying narrative is sweet and descriptively enchanting, but once more, there are way way too many personal issues I for one have with especially the photographer's, with Isobel Springett's behaviour and general attitudes for me to even remotely consider Kate & Pippin's Family with more than a two star rating at best (and in fact, a low two star rating at that, as the gut reaction I felt and continue to feel upon reading really does warrant a one star rating and is causing me significant anger and massively annoyed frustration).

For let's face it, Isobel Springett really does not seem capable of in any way understanding that newly born fawns are or at least should be off limits for the first few weeks of their lives, that they should not be in any way approached unless absolutely necessary, that they should not be photographed at close range, and that they should not be touched or in fact even searched for, actively sought out. In my review of the first book, in my review of the original story, of Kate & Pippin, I voiced my speculations and my rather strong concern that one of the reasons and perhaps the main reason why Pippin's own mother seemingly abandoned the fawn in the Springetts' back yard might very likely have been because Isobel Springett was so keen on taking close-up photographs of a newly born (and thus of course cute and cuddly) fawn that she although I am sure inadvertently but still irresponsibly probably scared off the doe due to her being too close to the fawn (to Pippin). I mean, that close-up headshot of Pippin on the first page of Kate & Pippin could really only have happened if Ms. Springett had actively approached the fawn and gotten really into its proverbial face (something that is both not suggested and actually severely frowned upon as it often causes does to abandon their offspring, considering them tainted by and with the association with humans and thus a possible danger to themselves and to other deer for that matter).

Now in this second book, in Kate & Pippin's Family while Isobel Springett does in fact not ever have the chance of closely approaching Pippin's offspring when they are newly born and thus highly vulnerable, it is NOT in fact due to a lack of trying on her part but simply because Pippin had hidden the fawns well enough for them not to be discovered (for sadly and infuriatingly, Isobel Springett obviously spent many many hours actively searching for Pippin and her fawns, hoping I guess to be able to approach them in order to take cute little newborn baby pictures of them, and obviously still not even remotely realising that newborn deer offspring is or should be completely off limits unless there is some real and dire emergency, such as a doe that has been hit by a vehicle and left her fawns as helpless orphans).

And in my opinion, it is only the fact that Pippin had hidden her fawns well enough that they were not able to be found, to be discovered on Isobel's and Kate's specific fawn finding expeditions (and thankfully, Pippin only introduced her family, her usually twin fawns to the Springetts and to Kate once they were considerably older, even making them stay near the forest while she went to "hang out" so to speak with especially Kate the Great Dane). And it indeed interesting but also rather majorly and sadly ironic that while some of Martin Springett's featured narrative clearly points out that deer, that mother does require peace and quiet and a safe (often hidden) place to raise their newly born fawns for the first month or so of their lives, the text never seems to go that one step further, never seems to be in any way critical of the fact that Isobel Springett obviously spent considerable time and effort actively searching for Pippin and her fawns (and in my opinion, if she had actually managed to locate those fawns, I for one am pretty sure that Ms. Springett would have once again be so keen on taking close up photography shots of the fawns and perhaps even stroking them that she might well have interfered with them just as was likely the case with when Pippin was born in the Springett's back yard).

And finally, from a specifically scientific point of view, newly born fawns have almost NO SMELL in order to keep them as safe as possible from predators while their mothers are by necessity off foraging for sustenance. And if a fawn is interfered with in any way, but especially if it is interfered with by humans and/or canines, the fawns will often take on the scent of said humans and canines and thus become a danger and a possible liability to the doe, to the mother (fawns are thus often abandoned if this occurs, and not due to any form of lacking parental instinct and care but simply as an often necessary safety measure). And therefore, if Isobel Springett and Kate had indeed been successful in locating Pippin's fawns, if they had in any way approached them too closely or if say Kate had decided to nuzzle or lick them, they would have picked up Kate's scent and likely even Isobel Springett's scent and perhaps could have even caused Pippin to for her own safety abandon the fawns, abandon her offspring (as fawns that smell like humans or like dogs would more easily attract wolves, bears and other such predators). And with this in mind, if you are indeed interested in reading Kate & Pippin's Family or sharing the book with children, please do realise that at least in my opinion, there is a rather problematic undercurrent of biological ignorance and lack of sufficient for and aftersight present in both it and the original (in Kate & Pippin). And while I would not go as far as actively not recommend the two books, I recommend them only with very major reservations and a request that the potential issues I have pointed out be openly discussed and debated.
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