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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • 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: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,925 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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Great read for mid teens to adults!
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The photos in the book are so cute,your kids will love them.
Debbie S. Glade
I sat down and read the entire book before I sent it to her.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. Glade on August 24, 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Harry on June 13, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Jacobs on December 19, 2013
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I bought this book for my 4 year old great-granddaughter. I sat down and read the entire book before I sent it to her. It is a small book with neat animal photos. I would highly recommend this book.
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My son and I have read them over and over! We both love the pictures! I don't buy many books unless they are on my Kindle, but for these I made an exception!
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By Rina Deych on January 13, 2014
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What a beautiful book for children! This is the perfect book to introduce children to the loving nature of animals!
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By Kimberly Ballard on November 27, 2013
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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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