Unlikely Friendships

47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom

Holland, Jennifer S.

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Unlikely Friendships
Presents a collection of stories about animals who have forged unlikely, abiding bonds with other animals of different species, from Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten to Owen the hippo and the tortoise Mzee.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., 2011
ISBN: 0761159134
Branch Call Number: 590 H735u 2011
Characteristics: xiii, 210 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm


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Feb 05, 2013
  • 6semkereaders rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 18, 2012
  • BeccaBB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a book for animal lovers. And if anyone has ever asked how you can treat animals like family give them this book and they just might begin to understand. These are heartwarming stories about animals that would normally not be together (and sometimes would eat each other) getting together and showing all signs that they are friends. Some of them were introduced by humans to try to save orphaned animals but some of them found each other on their own. And those, for me, were the better stories. The photos that go with the stories are amazing and adorable. They are all short little stories so you can read one in a few minutes or you can get through the whole book in a rather short time. If you stop and want to pet every dog you pass on the street you are going to want to read this.

Nov 08, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 02, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 25, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

May 24, 2012
  • bambi13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 17, 2012
  • cardigramma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 10, 2012
  • BPLNextBestKids rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Feb 05, 2013
  • 6semkereaders rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 31, 2011
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Aug 31, 2011
  • bklynfig rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 25, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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