Unlikely Friendships : 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster.... show more
Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx.It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.
Publish date: June 21st 2011
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Pages no: 210
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Short Stories
Looking at the majority of reviews that I have written you will quickly notice that, “One of these books is not like the others” and rather than make you guess which one it is, I will share the secret: it’s this book =:0)Unlikely Friendships shares 47 amazing accounts of animals of different species...
Is there anything cuter than unusual animal friendships? Nope. Didn't think so.
A quick read, that was surprisingly sad, and surprisingly smart, given its cutesy cover and premise. Each story is a couple pages long, along with pictures of the animals standing next to each other, or cuddling. I needed a light fluffy read, not the rage-enducing story about endangered speci...
No surprises here: this is a book of charming pictures and brief stories about unusual friendships between individuals of unlikely species. Several are orphans who bonded with another critter, some are pets. A good thing to pick up when one needs a mood boost.Loaned from mom
The photos of cross-species animal interactions and friendships are adorable, and are irresistible to most adults and every child I've compulsively shared them with. If you are looking for a book to inspire a child to read this could be a good choice for later elementary and middle school students. ...