- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250035406
- ISBN-13: 978-1250035400
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 232.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Big Happy Family: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another Paperback – October 1, 2013
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This book sells itself. It gathers 50 stories of animals of one species mothering (or, in several cases, fathering) babies from an entirely foreign species. The instinct to nurture young is almost universal, and, as these stories demonstrate, that instinct can sometimes trump the instinct to stay within one’s own kind. We see a mother cat who warms a nest of baby chicks with her own kittens, and the hen who adopts a nestful of ducklings—assisted by a goose. Even male cats get into the act when a ginger tomcat takes over the cuddling duties for a hand-reared lion cub. An owl mothers a gosling, and a cow takes over nursing duty for two lambs rejected by their mother. More than half of the stories feature dogs as the surrogate parent. Even wild animals enter the picture, as a lioness treats an antelope calf like a cub and a baboon cuddles an infant bush baby. Illustrated with irresistible color photos, this one is a charmer. --Nancy Bent
“This collection of tender stories and photos describes surprising interspecies relationships, many involving an adult predator suppressing its instinct to kill and taking on a parental role when exposed to an orphaned or abandoned baby animal that would ordinarily be its prey. … Rogak's prose is buttressed by adorable pictures of the animals from different species snuggling or cuddling with each other. Impressively, the animals actively sought out the younger creatures in need. The stories exemplify the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction, and even if these incidents mark the exception rather than the rule, animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the book.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This book ‘sells' itself. It gathers 50 stories of animals of one species mothering (or, in several cases, fathering) babies from an entirely foreign species. The instinct to nurture young is almost universal, and, as these stories demonstrate, that instinct can sometimes trump the instinct to stay within one's own kind. … Illustrated with irresistible color photos, this one is a charmer.” ―Booklist
“Lisa Rogak in One Big Happy Family treats us to short but sweet stories of animals caring for animals of other species.” ―Animal People
“Every page is an ‘Awww!' moment, with surprising stories of interspecies adoption and friendships (the Dalmatian and her spotted sheep, the Labrador and her bunnies, a kitty and baby chicks - you get the idea) and accompanying photos … Truly a book to make you happy, happy, happy.” ―TheDenverChannel.com
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