The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter

The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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"What kind of Navy officer sits on his ship in the middle of the Mediterranean dreaming of gerbils?"

That's the question that Holly Robinson sets out to answer in this warm and rollicking memoir of life with her father, the world's most famous gerbil czar.

Starting with a few pairs of gerbils housed for curiosity's sake in the family's garage, Donald Robinson's obsession with the "pocket kangaroo" developed into a lifelong passion and second career. Soon the Annapolis-trained Navy commander was breeding gerbils and writing about them for publications ranging from the ever-bouncy Highlights for Children to the erudite Science News . To support his burgeoning business, the family eventually settled on a remote hundred-acre farm with horses, sheep, pygmy goats, peacocks-and nearly nine thousand gerbils.

From part-time model for her father's bestselling pet book, How to Raise and Train Pet Gerbils , to full-time employee in the gerbil empire's complex of prefab Sears buildings, Holly was an enthusiastic if often exasperated companion on her father's quest to breed the perfect gerbil. Told with heart, humor, and affection, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter is Holly's ode to a weird and wonderful upbringing and her truly one-of-a-kind father.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307337450
Characteristics: 289 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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Saint_Mirin
Jan 02, 2012

It's a cute, quick, and funny read, but the author chose not to address the moral and ethical implications of selling animals for research. Regardless of what her stance was or is, what little she did touch on was given a humorous spin. She's so proud that her father was one of the very first people to breed gerbils in the U.S. - excuse me - inbreed and it never occurs to her to address that either. Tumors are not common in the wild but they are in captivity. Two words: her dad.

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