National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship & Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics

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Meet a kayaking sea otter, a penguin that became a knight, a bear that stole a family's car, a pet cat that called 911 to save its owner, and many more amazing animals. This page-turner offers 100 heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes, illustrated with full color photos of these intriguing animals. Stories include unlikely animal friends, animal heroes, amazing animal tricks, surprising animal hybrids, wacky truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories of animal antics, and more. Plus, loads of animals facts, lists, and...
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Overview

Meet a kayaking sea otter, a penguin that became a knight, a bear that stole a family's car, a pet cat that called 911 to save its owner, and many more amazing animals. This page-turner offers 100 heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes, illustrated with full color photos of these intriguing animals. Stories include unlikely animal friends, animal heroes, amazing animal tricks, surprising animal hybrids, wacky truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories of animal antics, and more. Plus, loads of animals facts, lists, and information boxes add even more fun on every page.
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"Culled from around the world, this collection of favorite animal antics from National Geographic Kids 'Amazing Animals' column has a little of everything.... There is plenty here for animal lovers to enjoy."
--School Library Journal 
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Culled from around the world, this collection of favorite animal antics from National Geographic Kids "Amazing Animals" column has a little of everything: dramatic rescues, incredible adventures, mistaken identities, strange bedfellows, odd couples, and much more. Some of the more standard behaviors of household pets are included, but readers will also meet a hippo that opens doors with his lips, a bison that rides in cars, an owl that goes on bike rides, and a group of elephants that play in an orchestra. Three "Readers' Choice" sections offer a themed collection from which children can vote for their favorite online (votes immediately accumulate into a bar graph). Most of the "true stories" fill half a page with a catchy title, like "Gorilla Walks Like a Dude!," a colorful photo, an explanatory paragraph, a background or fact caption, and often a speech bubble with the animal's comment. A few entries are given spreads and include multiple photos. Colorful borders surround all the elements, which are arranged scrapbook-style over vivid backgrounds. There is plenty here for animal lovers to enjoy.—Carol S. Surges, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426309182
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 107,856
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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DOG RESCUES 200 CATS!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

Wuffy the dog is always on the lookout for cats. But she doesn’t chase or bark at them. She rescues them.
 
Eleven years ago, owner Gary Rohde was shocked when Wuffy popped out of some bushes with a weak kitten in her mouth. Then she brought out three more! Back home, Wuffy cared for them like a mother cat, licking their faces. “They were drenched with dog spit,” Rohde says. Thanks to Wuffy, the kittens survived.
 
Since then, Wuffy has rescued more than 200 cats. She’s even on call with a local rescue group, which sends her troubled cats that need attention, such as Mao Mao. He hissed and spit so much that rescuers worried no one would want to adopt him. Wuffy shared her sleeping space with Mao Mao, cuddled with him, and taught him to trust new friends. Now the cat has a home of his own.
 
Why does Wuffy favor felines? That mystery hasn’t been solved. “I didn’t teach her how to do it,” Rohde says. “Even her veterinarian is stumped.”
 
 
TWO-HEADED SNAKE
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S.A.

The albino black rat snake fittingly named We never gets any privacy. But there’s not another snake crowding her space—it’s her other head!
 
We’s heads are actually twins from two eggs that grew together. That’s unusual, but this snake is full of surprises. We is a “she” on her bottom half, but differences in size and skin patterns show that one head is female and the other is male. The two don’t realize they’re connected. “If they did, one would smack the other and say, ‘Let go of me!’” says Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium where We lives.
 
Most two-headed snakes live only a few months, but seven- year-old We has gotten special care at the aquarium. One thing’s for sure: She definitely won’t ever be lonely!
 
 
PIG ATHLETES
MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Now even pigs can have gold-medal dreams! During the third annual Pig Games last year, Russian pigs faced a fierce team of international competitors in sports such as pigball (like soccer), pig swimming, and pig racing.
 
Russia’s sporting swine live in a special complex where vets and coaches keep them in fabulous form. Nariner Bagmanyan, whose company organizes the games, says the well-trained Russian pigs were calm and focused before their events. Or maybe they just had their eyes on the prize: a tub of cooked carrots with cream!
 
The home team left its challengers in the dust, winning all three events. Russia’s pigball players defeated the international team by a whopping 16 to 3. But Bagmanyan cuts the visiting athletes some slack: “To play soccer in a foreign country is probably difficult for everybody, even pigs.”
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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Funny, touching, and fascinating stories of animal behavior and

    Funny, touching, and fascinating stories of animal behavior and antics. A great book for reluctant readers and for all kids as well.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Kids Can't Put It Down

    I received grant money to buy books for my elementary school students, and along with some fiction titles I purchased copies of this book for them. They dove right into reading the books, had wonderful conversations about the animals described inside, and came to class day after day talking about what they had read and learned. It is wonderfully written, the photos are beautiful, and I plan to get another copy of the book for my classroom library so I'll always have a copy on hand. Parents, teachers, and kids -- get this book! It's wonderful.

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