Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

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by Catherine Thimmesh
     
 

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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

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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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"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal "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."—Booklist
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—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—not in the end—because deep where it counts,/one knows a true friend." The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Full-page photographs of extremely unlikely animal friends are presented with both poetry and narrative that identifies the animals in the photograph and the circumstances of their friendship. A baby macaque cuddles with a white pigeon. A widowed orangutan is comforted for four years by a tabby cat. An ostrich and a giraffe lick each other. A lion cub and a piglet sleep entwined. A basset hound and an owl watch television together. A mouse rides on top of a frog during a flood. Capybaras, the world's largest rodents play games with squirrel monkeys that drop from the trees onto their backs. A polar bear and a dog play. Most of these photographs were taken in animal hospitals, rehabilitation centers or zoos. Some of the relationships were temporary for the safety of the animals as they grew to become adults while others lasted for years. The six lines of poetry that accompanies each photo are a reflection on some aspect of friendship particularly relevant to the two animals pictured. Reviewer: Kristin Harris

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547390109
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/23/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
481,673
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal "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."—Booklist

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