Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey & the Dove: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey & the Dove: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships

Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey & the Dove: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships

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by Jennifer S. Holland
     
 

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Unlikely Friendships is a phenomenon. It’s a runaway New York Times bestseller with more than 260,000 copies in print in less than half a year;  a book with its compelling message of hope and friendship and differences overcome. Temple Grandin called it “. . . amazing. It shows the power of friendship.”

Now Unlikely

Overview

Unlikely Friendships is a phenomenon. It’s a runaway New York Times bestseller with more than 260,000 copies in print in less than half a year;  a book with its compelling message of hope and friendship and differences overcome. Temple Grandin called it “. . . amazing. It shows the power of friendship.”

Now Unlikely Friendships is rewritten for younger readers: Unlikely Friendships for Kids, a series of hardcover chapter books for children, ages seven and up. Here are three collections each with five of the clearest, most interesting stories from the original book, like the monkey and the dove or the leopard and the cow. Chapter books give young readers a strong sense of accomplishment, and these heartwarming animal stories, with their incredible photographs and inexplicable mysteries of attraction, their focus on friendship, love, and the ways that creatures of all different species can find common bonds of affection, will keep kids turning the pages to find out about the unusual ways animals help each other and discover the love of new friends.

Each is a perfect gift for young animal lovers, and a lovely subject to help kids get reading.

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Kirkus Reviews
The author of an adult book about uncommon animal attachments invites emergent readers to share the warm (Unlikely Friendships, 2011). This is the first of four spinoffs, all rewritten and enhanced with fetching color photographs of the subject. It pairs a very young rhesus monkey with a dove, one cat with a zoo bear and another that became a "seeing-eye cat" for a blind dog (!), an old performing elephant with a stray dog and a lion in the Kenyan wild with a baby oryx. Refreshingly, the author, a science writer, refrains from offering facile analyses of the relationships' causes or homiletic commentary. Instead, she explains how each companionship began, what is surprising about it and also how some ended, from natural causes or otherwise. There is a regrettable number of exclamation points, but they are in keeping with the overall enthusiastic tone. The sense of wonder that infuses each simply worded chapter is contagious, and some of the photos are soooo cuuuuute. (animal and word lists) (Nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761170112
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/02/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
224,923
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic. She has also written for, among others, The Discovery Channel, NPR, and The Washington Post, specializing in science and natural history.

 

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