Monday, June 27, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

One word. ADORABLE. The animal friendships featured in this book are completely unexpected, but so much fun to read about. From the orangutan and the tabby cat to the badger and the fox and my favorite, the dog and the cheetah, you'll be "awwwwing" all the way through the book and the kids won't be able to stop flipping through either. 

I loved the inclusion of a short poem on each page about friendship for each animal pair, such a nice touch to the already sweet book. The photographs are gorgeous and the paragraphs on the friendships were the perfect length for younger children. 

More of a fun book to look at and talk about than an "educational" book, the overall lesson that comes across is one of tolerance of differences. Don't get me wrong, great things can be learned from this book, however it's more fun than "fact."

Great as a companion to Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland. Same concepts with more in-depth stories and beautiful photographs. Selling this like crazy at the store!

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
Catherine Thimmesh
32 pages
Houghton Mifflin
May 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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