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Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom Paperback – June 28, 2011
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— 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.”
— Reader's Digest
“With aww-inducing photographs, the book highlights the most improbable animal connections.”
— National Geographic
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 New York Times, specializing in science and natural history.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
"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. My grandchildren will be thrilled and their parents and grandparents could enjoy for moments the magic of the future peace in the prophecy of Isaiah, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid..."
This beautiful tome, which educates in love and example, by reciting heartwarming tales of the most unexpected pairs of animals who lovingly bond with each others in spite of the lack of any common grounds. The stories from the animal kingdom in "Unlikely Friendships," are most unlikely but are proven to become very real. Friends come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, religions and ages, drawn together because of a common interest or hobby, with some kind of a special bond that cannot be explained. Here you are exposed to true stories about the most unusual friendships that defy any logical or biological reasons, even a mutual need for companionship. These cannot be easily explained without the hard photographic documentation, they just seem far fetched to be true, and readers could not otherwise be convinced the tales were any real.
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