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Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog & The Piglet: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships Hardcover – May 2, 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic. She has also written for, among others, The Discovery Channel, NPR, and The Washington Post, specializing in science and natural history.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Darling book. Bought it for Easter for my great grand kids. Loved it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Short sweet book, great for young kids. I enjoyed the sweet stories and at the end of the book they have a glossary of terms and kinds of animals mentioned in the book.Published 6 months ago by Sarah Elizabeth Hall
My grandson and I read this together and laughed. A hippo in your swimming pool!?! Cute good. Seller mailed quickly and book in good condition. Thank you!Published 13 months ago by Chef in the making
The kids I read it to loved it and were looking forward to finishing thee stories themselves.Published 15 months ago by babs
It was a gift to someone else, but it is a very nice book and entertaining.Published 15 months ago by Jean S.