Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

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by Jennifer Holland
     
 

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It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most

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It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.

These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.

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Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Each of the 47 brief photo-essays in this book tells the story of unlikely animal pairings, almost all of them non-human. Among these are a black bear and a cat, a cockatoo and a cat, a dachshund and a piglet, a duckling and a kookaburra, a gorilla and a kitten, orangutans and tiger cubs, a sled-dog and a polar bear, and a rhino and a goat. Also included are human-marine stories of a leopard seal that brought food, in the form of penguins, to an underwater photographer and a manta ray who angled herself so as to be petted by another underwater photographer. Each two- to four-page tale is accompanied by two to four endearing photographs of the animals cuddling or nurturing each other. Although the author seems tempted to sentimentalize the relationships of these unlikely pairs, in the Introduction she wisely analyzes the concept of friendship and the notion of animals having emotional lives and acknowledges that little is known or understood about them. The book concludes with a list of References and Additional Readings. The volume will appeal to young readers visually as well as intellectually through raising and being candid about the risks of anthropomorphizing animal behavior. At the same time, the author is open-minded about the documented evidence of these apparent bonds. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761159131
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
66,229
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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