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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547390106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547390109
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal "Thimmesh hops on the cuteness bandwagon with this collection of 13 animal duos who met by chance and, for a time at least, showed mutual curiosity and affection."—Booklist

About the Author

CATHERINE THIMMESH is the Sibert Medal–winning author of Team Moon and Girls Think of Everything. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family. Visit her website at www.catherinethimmesh.com.

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Catherine Thimmesh is the Sibert Medal-winning author of Team Moon. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.

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Customer Reviews

I just bought 4 more copies to give to my friends.
Lover of all things impossible
My three and a half year old grandson loves this book but his grandmummy really loves it even more.
another Catherine
This is a book that has wonderful pictures with great stories to go with them.
Denise Lundvall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angela MJ on May 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book about life and friendship for any age of reader. The pictures are amazing! The appeal for the young reader is the simple prose and colorful photographs. I anticipate many parents will be reading and re-reading this book for their children nightly. The unique aspect and engaging detail of this book is the detailed and current information illustrating how these unusual relationships occurred around the world. Although a child's book, my 16 year old daughter purchased this book to give to a friend for a graduation gift. This book is a wonderful graduation gift as it vividly reminds us how friendship is not dependent on external qualities or perceived differences. This book is a comforting and beautiful reminder of the gift of friendship for all ages.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lover of all things impossible on May 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Short rhymes + true stories + unlikely animal friendships = MAGIC.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KKS on June 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a sweet book to give as a thank you gift. The facts were interesting, and added to the sentiments on each page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MW on July 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Friends appeals to all ages! I gave this book to my daughter, niece and nephews and they range in age from 2 to 14... the photographs are absolutely stunning, yet so sweet and endearing. My niece and I flipped through them 6x in a row the first time she saw the book and she loved seeing the "hugs" and "cuddles" and couldn't wait to identify the animals. The rhymes go beautifully with the photographs and the sentiments and messages are exactly what we should read to our children over and over again. The background information was particularly appealing to me!

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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though many years past the target age of this book, I am totally entralled by it. The warm, fuzzy photos alone are worth the price of admission, fuzzy being figurative since the photographs excel in clarity and color.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leem on June 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have 3 kids and my two oldest (5 and 2) just love the book. They started asking more questions about animals in the wild and zoos and about how they live with each other.

Excellent book to tip the imagination!! Super cute pictures too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hez on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Friends will touch your heart with its tender photograohs, amazing stories and endearing rhymes. It teaches valuable lessons about friendship with each captivating page. The very young child will be taken in by the sweet images of unusual animal friendships, and prose that will be read again and again! The writing is artful and stories will be enjoyed by all ages. My children ages 13 and 11 love this book. I have also bought many copies for loved ones ages three through 93. You will want to keep one for yourself and discover you want to share more with the many friends in your life! It is a treasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RSully on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Perfect for my 5 year old nephew. We've read it together just a few times and if I skip a line (trying to get him to bed), I'm busted. The short rhymes are memorable and sweet.
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