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Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog & The Piglet: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships Hardcover – May 2, 2012

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About the Author

Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic. She has also written for, among others, The Discovery Channel, NPR, and The Washington Post, specializing in science and natural history.

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Unlikely Friendships for Kids (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076117012X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761170129
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Part of a three-book series, Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog and the Piglet and Four Other True Stories of Animal Friendships is both heartwarming and informative. It's the kind of book that while reading you find yourself expressing a series of audible, "awwws" because it's just that darling. Author Jennifer S. Holland is a science writer, who while scuba diving in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, discovered a fish swimming with a very different species of fish, an unlikely pair. This inspired her to seek out more stories about other animals from different species who became unlikely friends.

The photos in the book are so cute,your kids will love them. They will read five unique true stories about: a large dog and piglet from Germany; an orangutan and a cat who lived in a zoo; a hippo and a goat; a standard poodle and a white-tailed deer; and an iguana and a cat from NY City. Each story is educational and lets readers into the hearts of the creatures featured in each story.

What is great about this book is that it teaches kids we don't have to be alike to get along and that friendships, when they work well, don't really need a rhyme or reason. They just work, and it's a beautiful thing. They also learn a little bit about the habits of each animal and there's a nice list of different species in the back of the book as well as a word and phrase list.

Any book that teaches kids compassion, that they can get along with others and be open to branch out into unknown territories is a wonderful book. I recommend checking out the other two titles in this series. What a lovely gift this set would make!
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter is an animal lover, and I knew she would love this book. She's an 8 year old and it's right at her reading level, with photos to hold her attention. It's the perfect thing to keep her reading over summer vacation, and there's even a little glossary in the back for help with unfamiliar words, and a list of animals from the stories with quick info. If you have a kid 7 and up who loves animals, and you want to keep them reading and learning, this is a great book for sneaking it in! I will definitely buy the other two in the set.
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A good early reader, perfect for young animal lovers. Recommended!

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 lots of pictures.

Although many of the animals featured started out in unfortunate circumstances, nothing bad happens to any of them in these stories. They are rescued and cared for, and then find true friendship and live cuddly ever after. The pictures will definitely induce "Awww"s!

(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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my granddaughter loves these unlikely friendship stories and we love the sharing time it creates for us. She reads to me and we talk about the story and how it applies to animals in our life. Excellent price as well.
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By Sarah on February 13, 2013
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It is a cute book but very small . I was expecting a larger book with pictures to show to my kindergarten class . It is a small gift type book.
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My 8 yr. old son really enjoys these books. I will likely purchase several more titles. Great to add into a Christmas stocking or Easter basket.
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The more people who read this amazing book, the more you will want to buy her four book series for children, as well as two new books coming out soon. Watch for "Unlikely Love" coming up next. I love animals but, I love Jennifer Holland even more. She took me to The San Diego Zoo with a group of experts at the various animal sections that Jenny wanted to watch. We fed the giraffes and I saw my first Panda...the zoo has four of them. The San Diego Zoo is so up-to-date and maintained to the highest standards possible. They even built a very high screened in path for the Giraffes' who could then walk down this path as they were having scans, blood pressure, growth patterns and a number of other things to examine their health in general. I was overwhelmed. Jennifer's books are as unbelievable as my zoo experience. Unlikely Loves, which will come out next. You will have you oohing, smiling and laughing and learning all at the same time. I wrote this review because Jennifer Holland is so gifted as a writer and is my niece as well.Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
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Format: Kindle Edition
Stories promote unusual friendships with different species, this is particularly beneficial if used to promote discussions on acceptance and tolerance of others. May also be used to promote veganism amongst human children. Would you eat or wear your pet as a belt? No, then why other animals?
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