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One Big Happy Family: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another Paperback – October 1, 2013
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“This collection of tender stories and photos describes surprising interspecies relationships, many involving an adult predator suppressing its instinct to kill and taking on a parental role when exposed to an orphaned or abandoned baby animal that would ordinarily be its prey. … Rogak's prose is buttressed by adorable pictures of the animals from different species snuggling or cuddling with each other. Impressively, the animals actively sought out the younger creatures in need. The stories exemplify the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction, and even if these incidents mark the exception rather than the rule, animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the book.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This book ‘sells' itself. It gathers 50 stories of animals of one species mothering (or, in several cases, fathering) babies from an entirely foreign species. The instinct to nurture young is almost universal, and, as these stories demonstrate, that instinct can sometimes trump the instinct to stay within one's own kind. … Illustrated with irresistible color photos, this one is a charmer.” ―Booklist
“Lisa Rogak in One Big Happy Family treats us to short but sweet stories of animals caring for animals of other species.” ―Animal People
“Every page is an ‘Awww!' moment, with surprising stories of interspecies adoption and friendships (the Dalmatian and her spotted sheep, the Labrador and her bunnies, a kitty and baby chicks - you get the idea) and accompanying photos … Truly a book to make you happy, happy, happy.” ―TheDenverChannel.com
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Top Customer Reviews
One nice thing is that most of the animals will be familiar (and appealing) to younger children, so it is an easy book to share with kids of all ages. I have found that this is not so much the case with some books of this type, where the pairings can seem sort of bizarre, and it is especially nice given the fact that children will obviously connect with the subject matter of families. There is also a subtle message of inclusion and acceptance in the book that I think is good for kids to hear, and relevant to the times we live in.
I will definitely be gifting some copies of this book this year.
As the owner a German Shepherd, I particularly loved the story of the Shepherd and her adopted kittens.
I have enjoyed reading these incredible stories for myself as well as for my daughter, who clings to every word even though there is only one picture per story.
It's rare to find something like this that provides enjoyment for everyone in the family. I highly recommend this amazingly entertaining and educational book to any reader.
A large number of the examples take place in England, and many feature dogs or cats. Each story is accompanied by a photograph, most of them heartwarming or awwwww eliciting. One of my favorites is that of the springer spaniel holding a bottle of milk in its mouth to feed a lamb. Be aware that the "stories" are short and better described as anecdotes, vignettes, or articles. The briefness of each example allows the author to include fifty "stories". Those seeking stories with more depth, detail, and background might be disappointed. Young readers will appreciate the briefness of each story and the readability of the book.
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I bought a lot of these as Christmas presents, all very well received. So fun to look at the photos with the kids.Published 16 months ago by Shylo's mom.
Just look at those pictures, I already love this book! Amazing creatures!Published 18 months ago by Yew-Keng Lim