Dogs Have the Strangest Friends: And Other True Stories of Animal Feelings

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The author of the adult best-sellers When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love has reached into his treasure trove of stories about the emotional lives of animals to tell fifteen fascinating stories to young readers. Jeffrey Masson's graceful, accessible prose illuminates the capacity of both wild and domestic animals to live by their emotions--to love, share joy, feel sorrow or loneliness, and show compassion.

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Overview

The author of the adult best-sellers When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love has reached into his treasure trove of stories about the emotional lives of animals to tell fifteen fascinating stories to young readers. Jeffrey Masson's graceful, accessible prose illuminates the capacity of both wild and domestic animals to live by their emotions--to love, share joy, feel sorrow or loneliness, and show compassion.

Young people have little difficulty recognizing or believing that animals have feelings. They will respond to these real-life tales about a mother cat who saves her kittens from a fire; a parrot who says "I'm sorry"; the special friendship between a dog and a lion; and many others. The stories can be read aloud to younger children or enjoyed by independent readers. Beautifully illustrated with lush watercolor paintings, this book makes the perfect gift and is ideally suited to the animal lover in every child.

Illustrated by Shirley Felts

A collection of true stories demonstrating that animals have feelings, including "An Elephant Saves a Baby Rhino," "The Mother Cat Who Went Into the Fire to Save Her Kittens," and "The Sadness of a Peregrine Falcon."

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-More than a dozen stories have been collected as examples of some unusual animals that displayed very human characteristics. Whether the author is telling about Freddie the Fly, who developed a bond with a man, or illustrating the friendship of a 600-pound bear and a tiny kitten, he relates the incidents in human terms. For example, when talking about a baby elephant that was saved by its mother from a flooding river, he writes, "Elephant mothers seem to love their babies as much as human mothers love theirs." For the fly, he remarks "The fly, I venture to say, trusted him-we might even say that the fly liked being with the man-." These views on the feelings of animals are one-sided, unscientific, and simplistic. While the occasional watercolor paintings are lovely, the writing throughout is sappy and often condescending. Source notes are included for each incident.-Pam Spencer, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Erik Kraft
As an animal lover, I found plenty in this book to enjoy. It's a collection of true stories about inter-species encounters that by all standard wisdom shouldn't have taken place. The actual stories are fascinating...
—Erik P. Kraft, The Boston Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402872051
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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