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“Jennifer S. Holland’s irresistible volume features heartwarming stories of interspecies love and adorable photographs that are heart-stopping in more than one sense.”
New York Times Book Review
 
“The feel-good book of the summer—maybe the year—may very well be Unlikely Friendships.”
USA Today
 
“Jennifer Holland documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways.”
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“With aww-inducing photographs, the book highlights the most improbable animal connections.”
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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606235035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606235037
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I am an animal lover, and this book made me smile. The stories are so sweet, and the photos are beautiful. There are so many wonderful stories of unexpected animal relationships. This would be a great book as a gift, or just to have around as a pick-me-up. Loved it!
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This book is a little treasure! It's sweet and charming while being interesting and informative. In addition to my own copy, I'm buying more copies for friends and family members, of all ages. The reaction from people who viewed it so far is extremely enthusiastic, so I'll no doubt end up ordering even more. I am even already hoping there will be a sequel, or at least something along these lines.
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Format: Paperback
Or perhaps read someone else to sleep. Not that the book is soporific or anything. It's just a nice friendly happy read. Something that will bring a smile to your face, a warm feeling to your heart and sweet dreams instead of nitemares.

Some very interesting animal combos in this book including a cat and his buddy the rat, and a leopard who lieth down with a cow. And, another "friends who are natural enemies" tale- a lap dog and a squirrel!

Penned by Jennifer Holland, a well known writer for National Geographic. Truly fabulous and "aaahhh" producing photos, too.
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This is a beautiful book, and well-written, the photographs are amazing, some are just breathtakingly beautiful. It is worth purchasing for the cover photograph alone. The stories are incredible. However, I did notice that a previous reviewer recommended this as a gift for children. I have to say that this may not be a book for sensitive children. One story is about a lioness who (unbelievably) adopts a baby Oryx, caring for it as if it were her own cub. As she is resting, weak with starvation from refusing to leave it, the Oryx wanders off, when a male lion "snatched it up". She "sniffed the blood of her baby in the grass" and helplessly watched the male "devour it". This story is a miracle, I wish it didn't have such a graphically violent description of the fate of this poor creature. I can appreciate that it is not all "fluff", but for sure this may not be appropriate for children.
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I purchased this for 2 of my granddaughters ages 13 and 9, they both loved it. They would giggle and awe at the wonderful stories. They enjoyed it so much I ordered one for myself. A wonderful happy book for young and old.
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Little to add to the other enthusiastic reviews. The pictures will make you smile, or laugh out loud, and others will bring a tear to your eye.

The descriptions are very well written and fascinating also.

One mild complaint. As somebody who is vision impaired, I cannot understand why they used a brown text rather than the standard black.

Loved this and sending copies out to friends and family
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Format: Paperback
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"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." --Henry Beston

Some people might think that it's impossible for animals to feel the same emotions humans have and be able to bond and nurture a colorful friendship. My own experience convinces me to believe that pets do have friendships not only with kids but their household room mates and next door the same way kids do. They play together and sleep next to each other, giving us a vivid example of how should we likewise behave towards our fellow humans; "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." St. Francis of Assisi

The amazing book, "Unlikely Friendships," shares with its readers stories of friendship, and inter-species affection, such as the expressive cover of a little monkey gently resting his head on the back of a peaceful white dove. The conscious universe's troubadour of the uplifting volume turned to be National Geographic Magazine's senior writer Jennifer Holland. She got a great win for nature advocate, and animal friendly fellowship. The admirable author who normally writes about, "critters that are harder to love," in her own words, takes her readers to the amazing worlds of my grand children, Noah and especially three years Oliver.
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I laughed, I cried. I want desperately to share! This is a great book to pick up for gifts!! What fun pictures and stories. Good stuff.
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