Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
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Annotation: Examples of unusual animal friendships, including a camel and a potbellied pig, a giraffe and an ostrich, and a bear and a cat.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #5214038
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-547-39010-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-39010-9
Dewey: 591.5
LCCN: 2010025122
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Famous examples of interspecies friendship have translated successfully to picture books e Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (2006), Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival (2008), and Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends (2009). Thimmesh hops on the cuteness bandwagon with this collection of 13 animal duos who met by chance and, for a time at least, showed mutual curiosity and affection. Each two-page spread features one large, "awww"-worthy photo, a paragraph explaining the relationship, and a short poem that emphasizes the theme of friends-can-be-different: "No matter / if one walks / on four legs / or two a friend provides comfort / when one's feeling blue." Some pairings were brief (the baby macaque who hugged a pigeon for at least a few days), while others were the stuff of zoo legend (grieving orangutan Tonda found solace for four years with a cat). Pics like these are huge on the Internet; there's no reason they won't be huge in book form, too.
Horn Book
Poignant photographs accompany spare rhyming text and short paragraphs of information that showcase the unexpected and unusual friendships that can develop between different animal species. From around the globe, the author has collected examples that prove enemies in the wild can be friends when in need, and that neither size nor ferocity stands in the way of caretaking.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships. In addition to the verse, she records further details in prose paragraphs to give some context and to help older readers understand these often-inexplicable relationships. One can possibly comprehend a cheetah cub/puppy pair at a zoo, or even a baby badger and a baby fox at a wildlife sanctuary, but she documents a wild, adult polar bear and a tethered sled dog, a basset hound and an owl, and an Asian camel and a miniature Vietnamese pig. Unthinkable? "It doesn't matter&12;not in the end&12;because deep where it counts,/one knows a true friend." The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring.&12; Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Word Count: 1,387
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 150749 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NC960L

What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? In this young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, captured by photographers in many countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, they not only give readers insight into animals but challenge preconceived notions about compatibility. This book also expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look at the kindness of animals--and humans--a little differently.


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