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Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey & the Dove: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships Hardcover – May 2, 2012


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  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Unlikely Friendships for Kids (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761170111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761170112
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine, specializing in science and natural history. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, three dogs, and numerous lizards. Her unlikeliest love story: One of her dogs found and saved the life of her runaway pet chameleon, Hank.


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The pictures are awesome and the narrative is short but interesting.
O. Hasemann
My husband and I bought this book at the gift shop while waiting to go in to hear the Atlanta Symphony.
Barbara Buxton
Sent this book to my 4 1/2 old grandson, he read it by himself and loved the stories!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A decent early reader, particularly for young animal lovers. But be warned: one of the baby animals dies, so if your child is particularly sensitive to such things, skip this volume in the series (or at least the last story -- the cover picture of this book may be too adorable to resist!).

This book is a collection of 5 stories of animal friendships, designed to appeal to kids in the 6-10 age range. In terms of reading level, it's comparable to an early chapter book -- a bit harder than Frog and Toad, but only a bit. Each story is quite short (4-10 pages), there's a fair amount of white space on each page, and there are some nice pictures.

I think Book 2 in this series is better than Books 1 or 3. This one feels a little dumbed-down, and several of the stories end with the friends going to different places and never seeing each other again, and as I mentioned at the start, one of the baby animals dies despite the love of a true friend. (The way of life, perhaps, but it feels sad.) The pictures are adorable, but there aren't enough of them (book 2 has many more).

I'm certainly happy for kids who want animal stories to read this book; I just don't think I rises above "fine".

(Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at an American Library Association Annual Conference. I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Workman!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Peterson on January 13, 2014
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My granddaughters loved this book. What a sweet and wonderful story. I loved this book. All ages will love this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Buxton on September 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I bought this book at the gift shop while waiting to go in to hear the Atlanta Symphony. I felt like this would be a fun book as I thumbed quickly through the pages catching brief pictures of animals of different species cuddled up to one another. However, what I found, the next day while sitting on my living room sofa, perusing my new book, was that I had bought a book which was touching something inside me that I didn't know was so raw and untended . . . my love of nature. From the housecat and dog that we love to the wildest of animals like the gorilla and the polar bear, this book will open the mind to the need for preservation if only by looking at the pictures and not even reading a single word. This book will warm your soul, as it opens your mind to the sacredness, and mystery of life itself.

Sincerely,

Barbara Buxton (author of A Season of Innocence)
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By Melissa A Lively on April 15, 2014
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The stories are touching and the pictures are wonderful... I have read them over and over again to my son...
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I really enjoyed sharing this story with my granddaughter. She loves animals and we love sharing story hour. A great price for the book as well.
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By Caren Hanson on August 15, 2013
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This is good for kids, but I would have liked the original full version better. But for kids, it's okay.
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By O. Hasemann on August 12, 2013
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My Granddaughter loved this book (age 9) and she is a big animal lover. The pictures are
awesome and the narrative is short but interesting.
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By Shirley Randolph on January 15, 2013
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This book is just a lovely illustration that animals often form unusual friendships. We should never assume they are not compassionate and feeling. This is a perfect way to tell kids more about animals.
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