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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 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. We see a mother cat who warms a nest of baby chicks with her own kittens, and the hen who adopts a nestful of ducklings—assisted by a goose. Even male cats get into the act when a ginger tomcat takes over the cuddling duties for a hand-reared lion cub. An owl mothers a gosling, and a cow takes over nursing duty for two lambs rejected by their mother. More than half of the stories feature dogs as the surrogate parent. Even wild animals enter the picture, as a lioness treats an antelope calf like a cub and a baboon cuddles an infant bush baby. Illustrated with irresistible color photos, this one is a charmer. --Nancy Bent

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250035406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250035400
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If your eye was caught by the title and cover photo, you won't be disappointed in the contents of the book. Full of beautiful pictures and fun stories, the book is even done in a soothing color scheme that makes it live up to its promise all the more, and it is hard not to notice some of the characteristics of one's own relatives in the stern chicken mother looking over her Rottweiler puppies, or the calm Labrador Retriever father trying to ignore the antics of his duckling. With so many individual stories, chances are, you'll find something that looks a lot like your family here...

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Come on, how can you not love this book? Tales of animals taking care of one another, even when paired in unlikely mixes? Good stuff.

As the owner a German Shepherd, I particularly loved the story of the Shepherd and her adopted kittens.

Great compilation!
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Format: Paperback
My wife brought this amazing book home from the library to read to our 5 year old. The stories collected here are well written and inspiring true accounts of animals that have taken the task of mothering orphaned animals from other species.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Here's a compilation of stories featuring uncommon and unexpected animal pairings - canine and feline, fur and feather, predator and prey. Each one demonstrates the instinct to nurture or seek the comfort of companionship. Many of these stories take place at zoos or animal rescue centers where there is opportunity for different species to meet and interact.

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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This is a wonderful collection of stories about unlikely match ups of animals taking care of each other. It is a must for animal lovers of all shapes and sizes. People can learn a lot from the innocence and purity in the hearts of our pets. As a new dog owner, I LOVED it! Wonderful for bedtime reading for little ones too.
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This is a great book on the most unusual relationships between different animals. I purchased one for a friend of mine and she loves it too. If you love animals, you will love this book. It certainly brings us closer to nature and gives us a deeper appreciation for the creation around us. It is amazing.
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I got this for my sister as a birthday present. She (predictably) started tearing up as soon as she read the subtitle. The stories are great too. I particularly like the one about the hen and goose who are unable to have hatchlings of their own partnering up to raise some abandoned ducklings.
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great stories for young and old... any animal lover will love this book of short stories and the amazing animals in them. I think it's a great book for all to enjoy. a quick read
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