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Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships Hardcover – May 23, 2011

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"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal "Thimmesh hops on the cuteness bandwagon with this collection of 13 animal duos who met by chance and, for a time at least, showed mutual curiosity and affection."—Booklist

About the Author

Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Team Moon, winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Children's Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Visit her website at www.catherinethimmesh.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 960 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547390106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547390109
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book about life and friendship for any age of reader. The pictures are amazing! The appeal for the young reader is the simple prose and colorful photographs. I anticipate many parents will be reading and re-reading this book for their children nightly. The unique aspect and engaging detail of this book is the detailed and current information illustrating how these unusual relationships occurred around the world. Although a child's book, my 16 year old daughter purchased this book to give to a friend for a graduation gift. This book is a wonderful graduation gift as it vividly reminds us how friendship is not dependent on external qualities or perceived differences. This book is a comforting and beautiful reminder of the gift of friendship for all ages.
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Short rhymes + true stories + unlikely animal friendships = MAGIC.
I love, love, love this book! It's sweet enough for the youngest crowd, but perfect for adults, too. All of my children (ages 10,8,6 & 4) love this book. I just bought 4 more copies to give to my friends.
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Friends appeals to all ages! I gave this book to my daughter, niece and nephews and they range in age from 2 to 14... the photographs are absolutely stunning, yet so sweet and endearing. My niece and I flipped through them 6x in a row the first time she saw the book and she loved seeing the "hugs" and "cuddles" and couldn't wait to identify the animals. The rhymes go beautifully with the photographs and the sentiments and messages are exactly what we should read to our children over and over again. The background information was particularly appealing to me!

The book is on my list of best gift ideas... birthdays,showers, holidays and best of all, for no-special-occasion-just-because-I-adore-you gift!
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By KKS on June 25, 2011
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This was a sweet book to give as a thank you gift. The facts were interesting, and added to the sentiments on each page.
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Format: Hardcover
I have 3 kids and my two oldest (5 and 2) just love the book. They started asking more questions about animals in the wild and zoos and about how they live with each other.

Excellent book to tip the imagination!! Super cute pictures too.
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Friends will touch your heart with its tender photograohs, amazing stories and endearing rhymes. It teaches valuable lessons about friendship with each captivating page. The very young child will be taken in by the sweet images of unusual animal friendships, and prose that will be read again and again! The writing is artful and stories will be enjoyed by all ages. My children ages 13 and 11 love this book. I have also bought many copies for loved ones ages three through 93. You will want to keep one for yourself and discover you want to share more with the many friends in your life! It is a treasure!
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The pictures in this book are very cute. In my opinion, the text was not edited well. Books for kids should have more direct sentences (not so many - and ;) and should NEVER start with "So" or "But". This is page 2 and it drove my 7-year-old crazy:

No matter if one walks of four legs or two- a friend provides comfort when one's feeling blue.
When the old orangutan at Zoo World in Florida lost her mate, she was listless and would barely eat. Workers worried that she might very well lose her will to live. So they brought a new companion - a stray tabby cat - to her enclosure; first just outside the fence, then in. The two became instant and inseparable friends. For nearly four years, Tonda the orangutan and TK the cat lived side by side - eating, playing, sleeping - until Tonda died of old age. But for four years, both were comforted and content.

In this book, all but two of these "friendships" happened in a controlled environment like a zoo or animal hospital, and the text, as above, describes when the caregivers had to separate the two for their own safety. There's nothing wrong with that, but a book full of mostly these kinds of friendships was a little disappointing. The two friendships that were not in a controlled environment (the basset hound and owl, and the frog letting the mouse hitch a ride to safety) were my kids favorites because they were truly unique.

I have a picture of my childhood dog curled up with a raccoon. My kids love to look at that picture and I tell them the story of Rocky, the baby raccoon I found curled up in a feed can one morning when I went out to feed the horses.
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This was purchased for my 90 year old aunt as well as my friend's grandchildren and both age group loved the book !
I enjoyed reading it and seeing the absolutely gorgeous photography . A real. Winner.
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