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Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

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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 ...

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Overview

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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547390109
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 121,433
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE THIMMESH is the Sibert Medal–winning author of Team Moon and Girls Think of Everything. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family. Visit her website at www.catherinethimmesh .com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Hot Rod

    Its a good book my teacher read it to our class and it was very cute i really liked how it was true but some parts were sad like how some of the animals had to be seperated from there friends.its a good book for little kids or even big kids. I love it it was worth the money.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Friends for all ages

    This is a wonderful book about life and friendship for any age of reader. The pictures are amazing! The appeal for the young reader is the simple prose and colorful photographs. I anticipate many parents will be reading and re-reading this book for their children nightly. The unique aspect and engaging detail of this book is the detailed and current information illustrating how these unusual relationships occurred around the world. Although a child's book, my 16 year old daughter purchased this book to give to a friend for a graduation gift. This book is a wonderful graduation gift as it vividly reminds us how friendship is not dependent on external qualities or perceived differences. This book is a comforting and beautiful reminder of the gift of friendship for all ages. I highly recommend!

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    The Next Bedtime Classic

    Utterly heartwarming! This is one of those rare books that you will want to read to your kids nightly, like Goodnight Moon or Dr. Seuss--with better rhymes, better pictures and a more important message. Stunning photos and simple engaging rhymes show the beauty of language, life and friendship, making it a wonderful picture book for infants and pre-readers; and the rhymes and compelling backstories convey an important message for all kids as they start off to school.

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