Animal Friends

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No matter if your friends have feathers or fur or if they're big or small you need to love and take care of them. Smiling faces from fifteen countries around the world introduce adorable, and sometimes exotic, animal friends. Once again Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko team up to share their vision of teaching youngsters the value of diversity and aiding them to grow into productive, caring citizens of the world. Beautiful and often comical photographs of children and their animal friends from all over the world ...
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Overview

No matter if your friends have feathers or fur or if they're big or small you need to love and take care of them. Smiling faces from fifteen countries around the world introduce adorable, and sometimes exotic, animal friends. Once again Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko team up to share their vision of teaching youngsters the value of diversity and aiding them to grow into productive, caring citizens of the world. Beautiful and often comical photographs of children and their animal friends from all over the world portray the innocence and joy of childhood and a child's easy appreciation and love of a favorite pet.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two smiling boys one Middle Eastern, one African cuddle baby goats in the opening spread of Animal Friends: A Global Celebration of Children and Animals by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Later, an Asian toddler kisses a guinea pig on the nose and a freckle-faced redhead holds a kitten as the text points out the features (e.g., big/small, feathers/scales) of the animals pictured in the full-color photographs. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The cover makes a statement that this board book depicts children and their animal friends and that it takes a global look. Beautiful, full-color photographs show children in Africa, Asia, Australia and other parts of the world cuddling with dogs, billy goats, birds, kittens and guinea pigs. Other creatures don't really seem to fit the cuddly pet category—a large land tortoise and a goldfish. Otherwise, young toddlers won't mind and will be fascinated with the pictures of children enjoying a wide variety of pets. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Global Fund for Children to support community-based education programs around the world.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-An unsuccessful board book. Each spread has a photograph of a child with an animal (duck, dog, giant turtle, goat, fish, etc.) and a phrase relating to it: "Some animals have feathers [a bird is depicted]. Some have scales [fish]." As stated in the subtitle, the youngsters represent many different cultures, but nowhere are their nationalities listed. Some will be obvious to adults; the photograph of the blond girl with a koala bear most likely represents Australia. However, others are more generic, such as a redheaded girl cuddling a kitten. While the children in the photos are engaging, there's not much else here to celebrate.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915024
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: Board Book
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 1,320,279
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 5.99 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. John D. Ivanko is an award-winning photographer and author, writer, national speaker, and conservationist.
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