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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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Each story that is shared will bring a smile to your face. From the Gorilla that adopts a cat to the dog that raises a pot-bellied pig. The pictures are truly inspiring and the stories bring them alive.
This is great little book to place on your coffee table or on the corner of your desk at work. People will love it. I have it on my desk at church and everyone who stops in to chat ends up looking through the book and finding it a fun diversion. Even the little kids that come by can't wait to take a look.
I keep this around to bring a smile to my face when things are going hard. I love animals and so this just was a perfect addition to my library.
The book is inexpensive, so that should tell you that the pictures aren't of glossy high definition quality. But frankly I was impressed at the good quality for the low price of the book. I don't think you will be disappointed.
As a gift, you may find it just the thing to share between generations and intitiate interesting conversations and even start some unlikely friendships of your own. Also something to consider for your vet's waiting room...and, (because it's told in short takes and reads best that way in my opinion) for almost any waiting room suffering from chronic appointment backups and out-of-date magazines.
The stories range from domestic dog and cat, cat and lizard, dog and goat tales to stories about a monkey in Indonesia who adopted a kitten he found hanging around, a sleek black bear and his similarly-attired cat pal and elephants, hippos and other befriending unlikely, often wee pals who might otherwise be lunch.
Each story is a couple of pages or so, accompanied by at least one picture of the animals in question.
Some stories seem like they could stand lengthening, or more info about the outcome, as they range from 'these animals were observed hanging out together' to 'these unlikely pals have lived together in a house for years.' Probably culled from other sources, but nice as a collection nonetheless. Not a deep read or anything, but if you like this sort of thing, it's a nice book to pick up and read a few stories at a time - also really nice to read to or with kids. Can spark nice conversations about differences and commonality, meaning of friendships, how animals have feelings too, etc.
The layout is ideal for short reads. If you have a few minutes flip through the pages and pick a story to read. A quick lift and often a laugh and smile.
The underlying theme I got was that we all CAN get along together. When the most unexpected can find love and friendship there is hope for the rest of us too. This is an uplifting, interesting and humorous book for me.