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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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About the Author

Tanja Askani has always had a special way with animals. She takes diligent care of her large adoptive family at home, and also regularly visits the wolf pack that she established at the nearby Lüneburger Heide Wildlife Preserve. She is the author of a book for adults, KINSHIP WITH THE WOLF. Tanja lives in Germany, near Hamburg, with her daughter.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545058511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545058513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Also warm and loving is Tanja Askani's A FRIEND LIKE YOU using a variety of full-page color animal photos to explore animal connections and friendships. The simple, single-line accompanying sayings about friendships are wonderful gentle pairings.
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By Rob on September 24, 2010
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Yes, Tanja Askanis pictures are perfect for greeting cards and I'm glad that I could order poster from her agency. This book is so touching.
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for me the perfect book for my adult friends.
I haven't seen something like this before. These
photos are just adorable.
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Tanja Askani has done a beautiful job of photographing a variety of animals to bring out the joys of friendship, even when friends can be very different, yet unique. This is a book that everyone will enjoy -- young and old and everyone in between. The book also has "heart" that comes through to anyone who loves animals!
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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. It is a sweet book showing animals together in cute/funny ways. Animals that do not generally cohabitate or interact are shown in the pictures. It shows how friends can be very different, and it's ok! It is a very simple read at about a kindergarten level or lower. But, for my family (with a 5 and 8 year old), it is more about the pictures and the message.
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