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National Geographic Kids Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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Gr 2–4—Readers will appreciate this dynamically written collection of inspiring true animal stories. These quick, satisfying reads are accompanied by factual sidebars (for instance, the tale of Washoe, a chimp who was taught sign language by scientists, also contains material on Nim Chimpsky, another chimpanzee who learned language). The authors have selected 19 tales, including the story of famed racehorse Seabiscuit; Keiko, the orca featured in the film Free Willy; Greyfriar's Bobby, a terrier who mourned at his owner's gravesite for years; Owen and Mzee, respectively a hippopotamus and a tortoise in Kenya who bonded during the tsunami; and Lonesome George, a tortoise who was the last of his subspecies. The gentle, digitally enhanced acrylic illustrations are attractive, though they lean toward the saccharine. One story recounts how sled dogs, including Balto, carried medicine through a treacherous snowstorm to save the children of Nome, AK, from life-threatening diphtheria; however, the art depicts doggy smiles, light snow, and an easy terrain. The back matter is valuable, including a map pinpointing the animals' locations, a chronology, character listing, and an author's note. Readers will enjoy this compendium and may even be motivated to seek out additional information on their favorites.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
"This engaging large-format volume offers 19 surprising, amusing, and endearing stories of real animals doing unusual things...Well suited to reading alone or reading aloud to younger children, this handsome book is a treasury of highly enjoyable animal stories." - Starred Review from Booklist
"Moments of humor, warmth, and surprise run throughout this collection." --Publishers Weekly
"Readers will appreciate this dynamically written collection of inspiring true animal stories. These quick, satisfying reads are accompanied by factual sidebars...Readers will enjoy this compendium and may even be motivated to seek out additional information on their favorites." - School Library Journal
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