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PreS—Photographs of surprising animal companions (a piglet and a dog, a deer and a rabbit, etc.) are paired with a text that touts the importance of friendship. The large, clear, well-lit photos were taken by Askani, who lives at a game park in Germany and has cared for numerous wild animals throughout her life. While these photographs are charming, the sentimental text is disappointing ("Even if you think I am…different. Something just tells me we are going to get along."). The anthropomorphism actually weakens the impact of the pictures by distracting readers from the reality of these unusual relationships. More successful is the end matter in which children learn about the author's work with animals and get a little background on each of the creatures depicted. These stories are the heart of the book, and a focus on this material could have created a powerful piece of nonfiction along the lines of Isabella and Craig Hatkoff and Paula Kahumbu's Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (Scholastic, 2006). Despite this missed opportunity, the pictures are sure to draw readers' interest.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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We borrowed this book from the library last week and loved it from page one. I immediately got onto Amazon and bought 3. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by dawbo74
This book is absolutely adorable and very touching. I'm a nanny and my 18 month old wants me to read it to him over and over again, and his bigger siblings (5 and 7) love it too! Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Tara
The text here isn't anything amazing, but the pictures and theme are just so cute that I fell in love! Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by A. Williams