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Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761170433
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 685,975
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic, and she also writes for the Earth Touch News Network and other online science news organizations. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos, and divides her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and a cabin in the woods near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Never Ending Cuteness!

    I fell in love with this book by just looking at the cover. I mean, who couldn't?! 210 pages long, it's an easy-read that captivates you from the beginning until the end. Complete with beautiful pictures of the real life friendships and stories about the animals involved, you can't help tearing up and getting goose bumps as you read. The author, whom is a senior writer at National Geographic, not only entertains but also educates the readers by adding facts about each animal featured in the book. Unlikely Friendships is one of those books that you pass on to others and will definitely bring your mind and heart joy. A highly recommended read, you will yearn for more cuteness once you are finished!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Amazing stories!!!

    This is one of the best animal books I have ever read!!!Garented to touch your haert

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    What a beautiful book.....humans can learn alot from the animal

    What a beautiful book.....humans can learn alot from the animal kingdom!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Cute

    This was so cute. This is a good book for animal lovers of all ages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Wonderful book

    Great heartwarming stories! The photography is amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Love this book!

    Have purchased 4 of these books in the past. Make wonderful gifts!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Eveon

    "Goodnight"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Steel

    "Ok" he lays down and closed his eyes "night."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    An animal lovers book

    Enjoyed this book. It just goes to show that all living creatures need love and are willing to give love.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Sweet book

    This book reminds me to never doubt my best friend and always make new friends, even if they are different then me. I love this book and highly recomend it to animal lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Super sweet

    Sooooo cute!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Loving

    Such heart warming stories and such CUTE pictures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Unlikely Friendship

    Best Friends are made Forever!

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    While i knew about koko the gorilla, I was unaware of most of th

    While i knew about koko the gorilla, I was unaware of most of the stories found within this book. I was surprised by some and left wondering what was so unlikely about others. A friend of mine has ferrets and my experiences with them has made it clear that its really jusgt a mtter of personality wiht them. As for the elephant and the stray dog I was genuinely surprised and eased to learn their story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

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    I didn't read this on my nook but I actually read the book and it was by far the best book I have ever read in my entire life! I would recommend it to anyone especially animal lovers! : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Amazing book

    I love this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    A Heart Warming Read

    Last week when I picked up my library hold of Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom I knew that there would be no chance in me resisting the book after I got home and wouldn't you know it an hour and a half after I got in the door I was smiling and flipping the last page of the book.

    I thought that this was a delightful read. It was quick to read with very cute heart warming stories from all walks of life in the animal kingdom from all over the globe. There are 47 different tales of inter-species friendships and each story is around 2-4 pages long with accompanying photographs.

    Each of the stories in the book brought their own merry cast of characters and I really enjoyed each and every one of them. From the adopted iguana who made friends with his owner's cats to the elephant and the stray mutt. Big and small all the animals in the book demonstrated that animals do make friends, or at least companions in other creatures. Maybe it's due to loneliness maybe because they're instincts kick in who knows.

    True the scientific community still scoffs at the idea that such friendships are possible but it isn't as though science hasn't been wrong before. I personally wonder if it is really up to us to make these decisions for our animal brethren and think that we should look at these situations as children do and not wonder about the meanings behind these animal wonders.

    I thought this was a good book to read especially since I'm an animal lover. At present I live with 2 cats, a golden retriever, 2 gerbils, 3 hamsters and 2 infuriating budgies. While not all my animals are friendly with one another they do sometimes demonstrate a certain tenderness for one another when when one is ailing.

    I would highly recommend this book to all the animal lovers out there and since the holidays are coming up this might just make the perfect Christmas gift for the animal lovers in your life. Also, I think this would work equally well for children and adults because of the animal theme. For children who are a bit younger I think this would help as a lesson on how friends of all shapes, sizes, etc. can get along.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

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    An amazing look at animal friendships

    It’s well known in the publishing world that a book cover can make or break a book’s sales. And if one is to judge by the cover of this book, sales must be booming. The irresistible photo of a young rhesus monkey hugging a dove tells the reader that s/he is in for a heartwarming experience while reading through Unlikely Friendships. This book includes a look at 47 amazing friendships, from a dachshund taking care of a premature piglet, a hamster and a four-foot rat snake, and even, as a well-known song immortalized, a lion, a tiger, and a bear, oh, my! The descriptions of each bond are fairly brief, typically running two to three short pages. First we learn what happened, how and when the two animals first met, and then what happened to them. (Not all had "happily-ever-after" endings so the book may not be suitable for young children.) The author is a science writer who has written for National Geographic magazine and she is honest in her assessments of each relationship, avoiding the urge to anthropomorphize the animals and instead look at the scientific reasons behind each interaction. For instance, in the above mentioned hamster and snake “bond,” the author surmises that because it was autumn and the snake’s need to hibernate was approaching, it simply wasn’t hungry. Regardless of the reason(s), these relationships are still quite fascinating. The highlight of the book is without a doubt the amazing photos that accompany each of the 47 stories. Upon reading, many of the events may seem impossible, that is until you look at the photos. They are truly wonderful and there are, no doubt, some amazing bonds displayed with the pages of Unlikely Friendships. Quill says: The perfect gift for the animal lover in your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Glad I Read It

    It was a good, easy read. The stories were intersting, and the photography was quite nice.

    R Byrd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Reading this made me happy. I loved all the stories, I think the Koko story was a little too played out, I'm sick of gorillas and kittens. I would recommend any animal lover to pick this up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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