Unlikely Friendships

Unlikely Friendships

47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom

Book - 2011
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It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . " 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub. Co., c2011.
ISBN: 9780761159131
0761159134
Characteristics: xiii, 210 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)

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empbee
Feb 11, 2018

Nice stories, great pictures to be enjoyed by adults and children.

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altybiz
Jan 04, 2017

I've read a number of books about animal friendships and seen videos and YouTube as well. This one stands out for its slightly deeper commentary and how the relationship developed between the animals. The photos are very high quality. And of course every story touched my heart. I will likely check this out again some year in the future and peruse it slowly. Thanks for turning out such a lovely work of art.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

How could you not like this?

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6semkereaders
Feb 05, 2013

My sons and I enjoyed seeing the photographs of the animal couples together; such as a 240 pound gorilla and her pet kitten or the sheep that adopted an orphaned baby elephant. Stories are short and give a little detail as to where the animals live and how their friendships came to be.

Quimeras Nov 08, 2012

What makes them unlikely is the predator/prey relationship that often characterizes these friendships. The book leads you to contemplate the question of “nature vs. nurture”. It is a quick, easy read with adorable pictures that will just put a smile on your face.

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HereHere
Jul 02, 2012

There is minimal text and almost one photo per page of text. I found the paper color or font color made reading it more difficult in certain lighting situations, but I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy and appreciate animals as individuals with personalities and rich emotional lives.

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mswendybe
Jun 25, 2012

Very sweet book. Forty-seven stories of unlikely interspecies friendships. The touching pictures round it off.

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bambi13
May 24, 2012

very touching.
this book show us that animals have feelings as much as humans do

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cardigramma
Jan 17, 2012

Great stories (some have been around), I just wish she had gone into more detail.

BPLNextBestKids Jan 10, 2012

Who can resist a book cover that shows a tiny monkey lovingly hugging a bird? Not my family. This is a fantastic book containing 47 heartwarming stories of “unlikely friendships” in the animal kingdom. Each story has photos to go along with it, so it’s not necessary for the reader to actually “read” each tale - the picture tells it all. Small children will be fascinated by the photos of the rat cuddling a snake, something highly unexpected and yet there it is! The author, Jennifer Holland, writes for National Geographic magazine and each of these true animal tales will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s a great book for everyone, young and old alike.
Reviewed by BPL staff DH

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Jan 27, 2014

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Feb 05, 2013

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bklynfig Aug 31, 2011

This is a great read for reluctant readers. Each Unlikely Friendship is presented as its own short selection with pictures. Many of the stories are very cute

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mswendybe
Jun 25, 2012

And the hippo, already prone to poor behavior, seemed content to copy his bovoid friend's antics. He'd happily climb the fences of his pen-as much as a hippopotaums can be said to "climb" anything-and he'd surprise terrifed tourists into giving up the contents of their picnic baskets.

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