KANGAROOS IN THE KITCHEN by Lorrain D'Essen
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KANGAROOS IN THE KITCHEN

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Lorrain and her husband, Bern D'Essen, have developed the now fairly widely featured Animal Talent Scouts and their home life, where up to thirty animals, wild and domestic, range companionably through an old house in New York City, can be compared to the ""mythical Peaceable Kingdom"". There you will meet the many animals who for years have shared her attentions and affections; Dickie (her first), a Great Dane, the puppy was her wedding present; Llinda Lee, a llama, Wimpy a wombat, Winnie, then Victoria, kangaroos; others, less domesticated (""elephants have a distressing way of moving in with their trunks"") spend most of their time on a farm in New Jersey. From the time when Lorrain appeared on television, first with Dickie, then with Mingkie, their cat, Lorrain realized the need for well-selected animals educated to specific situations- and developed the business which would provide them for TV, fashion, publicity, theatre, movies, advertising, and all kinds of special occasions. There were of course some impossible requests (a troupe of trained butterflies); the mistakes; the difficulties in providing- say- a live mosquito in winter for a live TV show. Her repertoire has included anything from rhinos and bears and leopards to bats and birds and barnyard fowl.... Raining cats and dogs and, and, and, this is a warm account which reflects a real feeling for and about animals of all kinds. And the market-between the susceptibility of the subject and the originality of the slant- should be well housebroken.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1959
Publisher: David McKay