In my books, the Mortal Realm Witch series, a familiar is first described as a talking animal that teaches their witch or warlock how to use magic. Later a familiar is described as a talking animal that teaches their magic user how to use magic in order to include magic users such as wizards, sorcerers, and sorceresses.
Although in my books the familiars do most of the teaching, they are not the only animals to do so. For example; in Book One of the Mortal Realm Witch series, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, in the story Wolf Magic, DWW discovers that by training the wolf pups she is learning more about herself. DWW learns that not only can she learn from familiars but regular animals as well. This is something that many people, especially pet owners, can identify with.
Many of us have learned something from out pets or animals friends or anipals. For those who haven’t yet that time may still come. I myself have learned things from animals, and not all were my pets. Some were animals I know and have met, while others are animals from books both real and fictional. For instance reading a book from an animals point of view that is told in a well researched and real way, can help humans to see their world and help them to understand that animal better. Sometimes animals can be better teachers of certain things than people. Some of these things are loyalty and forgiveness, something animals are often better at than humans.
Because animals make such good teachers many people feel inspired to write about the lives of their animals or animals they know and what they have taught them. Ten of these books are:
1) Oogy by: Larry Levin
2) Homer’s Odyssey by: Gwen Cooper
3) The Lost Dogs by: Jim Gorant
4) Huck by: Janet Elder
5) The Wonderful Thing About Pets by: Gary Burghoff
6) The Good Good Pig by: Sy Montgomery
7) Chosen by a Horse by: Susan Richards
8) Last Dog on the Hill by: Steve Duno
9) Dewey by: Vicki Myron
10) Travels With Max: How My Dog Unleashed My Life by: Janet Bennett
Of course there are many others out there, and you can add some to the comments section if you want, but if I were to list them all on this blog post this post would go on forever as there are new ones being written all the time!
If you like any of the above books, or just like reading about animals you may enjoy this group on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/74638-all-about-animals
This group reads two books a month about animals of all kinds. The group members suggest a book each month, which can be fiction or nonfiction and can be about any animal, and then vote on which one they want to read, then the top two are chosen. There is also much discussion an animals in general. If you love animals this group may be perfect for you!