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Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships Hardcover – May 23, 2011
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About the Author
Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Team Moon, winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Children's Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Visit her website at www.catherinethimmesh.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love, love, love this book! It's sweet enough for the youngest crowd, but perfect for adults, too. All of my children (ages 10,8,6 & 4) love this book. I just bought 4 more copies to give to my friends.
Friends is almost two books in one, the photos and pleasant rhymes for the younger set, and the more advanced elaborative text for parents and older folks. When reading Friends to young listeners, the adult reader can confine readings to the short rhymes only on one reading, and then read some or all of the detailed text on other readings.
The awesome pictures entertain, inspire, and perhaps teach. Here's a great book for any home's library with photographs worthy of eye catching wall posters.
Note: Be aware that despite the cute photos and age designation, this is not a book that readers in the intended age group could read independently.
The book is on my list of best gift ideas... birthdays,showers, holidays and best of all, for no-special-occasion-just-because-I-adore-you gift!
Excellent book to tip the imagination!! Super cute pictures too.
No matter if one walks of four legs or two- a friend provides comfort when one's feeling blue.
When the old orangutan at Zoo World in Florida lost her mate, she was listless and would barely eat. Workers worried that she might very well lose her will to live. So they brought a new companion - a stray tabby cat - to her enclosure; first just outside the fence, then in. The two became instant and inseparable friends. For nearly four years, Tonda the orangutan and TK the cat lived side by side - eating, playing, sleeping - until Tonda died of old age. But for four years, both were comforted and content.
In this book, all but two of these "friendships" happened in a controlled environment like a zoo or animal hospital, and the text, as above, describes when the caregivers had to separate the two for their own safety. There's nothing wrong with that, but a book full of mostly these kinds of friendships was a little disappointing. The two friendships that were not in a controlled environment (the basset hound and owl, and the frog letting the mouse hitch a ride to safety) were my kids favorites because they were truly unique.
I have a picture of my childhood dog curled up with a raccoon. My kids love to look at that picture and I tell them the story of Rocky, the baby raccoon I found curled up in a feed can one morning when I went out to feed the horses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All humans, read this, reflect and allow the generosity and unconditional love of these wonderful animals be models of what the world of humans could be like. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Native Teacher
I gave this book to my 8 yr old grandchild and another copy to a friend in her 50's. Both loved it .. as did I.Published 16 months ago by Tee