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What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? In this young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, captured by photographers in many countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, they not only What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? In this young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, captured by photographers in many countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, they not only give readers insight into animals but challenge preconceived notions about compatibility. This book also expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look at the kindness of animals—and humans—a little differently....

Title : Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
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ISBN : 9780547390109
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships Reviews

  • Olivia
    2018-11-14 06:41

    I loved this book I thought it was a great way to know how much you need friends.

  • babyhippoface
    2018-11-29 03:34

    Oh my, the photos here are adorable. The baby badger is the cutest thing EVER. Reminds me totally of Frances the Badger from the children's book series. Each spread features a poem about friendship accompanied by a photo of an unlikely pair of buddies: a kit fox and the baby badger, a cheetah and an Anatolian Shepherd, an orangutan and a tabby cat, and more, including several who would be natural enemies in the wild. Beneath the poetry, in a smaller font, is a brief description of the actual relationship between the two pictured animals. Use in class for discussions on "What Makes a Friendship?" and mention that, as this book teaches us, we don't have to the same to be friends. We just have to be kind.

  • Erin PearoMund
    2018-11-12 05:48

    I love this book

  • David
    2018-12-08 04:31

    Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh is a compendium of unusual animal friendships, with striking photographs of the animals.The photographs, taken by a number of photographers, will really grab readers, especially animal lovers and kids. My favorite images include cat and orangutan, camel and pig, capybarra and squirrel monkey, cat and Asiatic Bear, and baby orangutan and tiger cub.The poems are nice and the details interesting, in this compendium of unusual animal friendships. The main lesson seems to be one of tolerance. Some of these friendship were of short nature, others lasted for years. The reality of the death, at times, of one or the other of these pairs will sadden readers, but the arresting photographs of these unusual friendships will appeal to many. 3.5 rating. For friendship, animals, photographs, poems, animal lovers, and fans of Catherine Thimmesh.

  • Eva Leger
    2018-12-04 02:50

    This is an amazing book - it really is. Animal relationships are fascinating to me and Julia so finding this was perfect. The stories shown here include a baby macaque and pigeon, an orangutan and a cat, a camel and a Vietnamese miniature pig, a giraffe and an ostrich, a lion cub and piglet, a Basset Hound and an owl, a frog and mouse, a baby badger and baby fox, a capybara and squirrel monkey, (this is so fantastic!) a polar bear and a chained Eskimo sled dog, (this is another!) an Asiatic bear and a cat, a yellow Lab and a cheetah, and last but not least, a baby orangutan and Sumatran tiger cub.There are a lot of different variables here. Some of the relationships had human help, some didn't. Some relationships lasted minutes, if that, while others lasted for days or years. Some relationships had to be stopped because of the danger involved as one or both animals aged, some didn't.It's really amazing and the book can show children - and adults - much.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-03 04:47

    Friendships are often formed by those who have something in common, but sometimes, strange events in life prompt the most unlikely friendships to spring up. This book put me in mind of Owen and Mzee, the baby hippo and tortoise who bonded after the 2004 tsunami. Thimmesh has selected 13 unlikely animal pairings from 14 photographs and proceeds to describe what drew them together. If some of the friendships are fleeting and almost unfathomable, they also serve to remind readers that we all have some boundaries to cross as we make friends. In these pages, readers will see photos of the bonds between a baby macaque and a pigeon, an orangutan and a cat, a lion cub and a piglet, among others. The text is simple with simple rhyming lines in large font above a larger description of the animals below it in smaller font. Undoubtedly, this title will have a kid-appeal.

  • Amanda Snow
    2018-11-24 07:47

    Originally posted at: www.apatchworkofbooks.comOne 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."

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-11-10 06:40

    This book is a gem! Each 2-page spread tells about a pair unusual animal friends, all found in zoos, sanctuaries, or other captive places except for the frog and the mouse. The text includes quotes about friendship and the background behind the unusual friendships. The pictures are so cute, the animals so adorable! Pair this with Own and Mzee. You won't stop saying, "Awwwww..." until the end of the book. Highly recommended!

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-11-28 03:28

    Candid, heartwarming snapshots of a Peacable Kingdom. A book every animal lover will want. Libraries will want to have multiple copies.

  • Kristina
    2018-11-29 10:35

    my kids and I enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the poem was cute. I would recommend this book to others.

  • Tracy
    2018-11-28 10:58

    I think it was so cool and amazing! it is also so interesting that these animals are just like us and can be friends with one another

  • Casandria
    2018-12-04 09:40

    I hate to say this, but I've seen better photos/read better stories on the internet. It's very ok.

  • Erin
    2018-12-01 07:30

    Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships was written by Catherine Thimmesh and is an informational book all about the unique relationships of animals that would normally be enemies to one another. The characters of this story are all from different places. They have different homes, eat different foods, and get around in different ways. But the unique thing about them is that they are all united by strange friendships. Each animal in this story was either lonely, hungry, tired, or curious, and they ultimately found someone to comfort their needs. Some odd examples of true friendships developing happened between a tiger cub and baby monkey, a giraffe and an ostrich, a baby monkey and a pigeon, and a full grown bear and a cat. As strange as they seem as a pair, they became friends until death do they part or until caretakers had to separate them due to size.The setting of this story changes with each new friendship. Some of the animals are from the zoos around the United States, other are pets that we have in our homes, and still others are rescued from the wild and their pictures were caught in the moment. The animals’ stories come from England, Florida, China, Siberia, Africa, India, Canada, Berlin, Ohio, Indonesia, and Japan, and ultimately, it goes to show that there’s a true friend out there for everyone!I really enjoyed the pictures in this book, and I think the pictures say more than the words do. In fact, I think this book could stand alone as a wordless picture book and it would have just as much effect on its readers. Of course, because the book is informational and all about these animals’ friendships, there is no real suspense or sense of adventure within it. The wording that describes what a friend is or what a friend does is a very relaxing text that can be good for deeper thinking or critical thinking. The voice that I imagine reading this part of the book is very deep and calm, expressing what TRUE friendship looks like and how important it is. The paragraphs that explain what the pictures show is also interesting information and is appreciated, but I think it may be a little too informational for really young readers. The voice of this text sounds too robotic for the impact this book is trying to make; therefore, I think that this text could be read or ignored depending on the age of the audience and the purpose behind the reading.I also really liked the concept of this book and its big idea. I love the idea of using this book for a lesson on finding friendships in the oddest of places or becoming friends with someone you didn’t expect to be your friend. There are endless writing opportunities connected to this book and for that reason I appreciate it so much more!Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships can be purchased on Amazon for $11.55 and is appropriate for children ages 4-10. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011, and its ISBN is 978-0-547-39010-9. I would recommend this book to all teachers for their library center and to children who love animals and connect with animal stories.

  • Kacy Sullivan
    2018-12-09 08:48

    Cute, Cuddly, and heartwarming, Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships, written by Catherine Thimmesh is a book about animals who have for one reason or another become friends, even when the laws of nature would tell us otherwise. Throughout the book, there is a poem about what friendship means, and how friends treat one another. On each page there is also a photograph of animals from around the world that have made friends with animals of another species. And along with each photograph there is the true story of their friendships. The book, Friends, features a baby macaque and a pigeon, an orangutan and a house cat, a lion cub and a piglet, and a mouse and frog to name a few of the friendships.This book was fun to read because not only was it a full poem, but each photograph told its own story as well. This book could be read nonstop as a poem or page by page including the story of each photograph. The photographs were touching. All of the animals featured in the book were so sweet and this book teaches a great lesson, that no matter what a person looks like or what we have been told, friendship doesn’t see colors or stripes or species. Friends come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and skin/fur types.This book could be used in a classroom setting in many different ways. A teacher could use it when teaching about friendship. Friends could also be used at the beginning of the year to talk about the value of treating everyone with respect because you never know who might be a great friend. This book could also be used when teaching poetry. The poem about friendship could serve as a wonderful example of free verse poetry. This book could also be useful if you were to be talking about the food chain. A teacher could ask, “Why do these two animals make an unlikely pair?” The students could then determine how the animals relate on the food chain.I enjoyed this book as a 25-year-old person. I think that the stories of the animals in the photographs are inspiring. I know that children would find this book entertaining as well. The book talks about animals that would typically eat each other in the wild, but have instead become friends; I think students would find that fascinating. This is a cute, inspiring, testament to friendship for a person of any age.

  • Joshua Arvey
    2018-11-21 04:30

    Title: FriendsAuthor: Catherine ThimmeshGenre: Non-FictionThemes: Friendship, Picture Book, RespectPlot Summery: In the non-fiction story of Friends it is about true stories of extraordinary animal friendships. On each page there is a poem about a characteristic of a friend. On the page there is a picture of two extraordinary animals that are connect and has a caption about the animals. This provides not great information about friendships but in addition to non-fiction information about animals. The illustrations are pictures from different zoos and nature that a wide variety of photographers have taken. Evaluating: In the book it does recognized that the author received the Sibert Medal, which is a high recognition. The information in the text is up to date since it does talk about different animals and facts related to them. It was published in 2011. The content in the book can relate to any age. It not only provides great information about friendships, but in addition to the interesting facts about the animals. The information is presented in a clear way by allowing a picture of the two animals forming a friendship with information about them right next to the picture. Majority of non-fiction books one is able to open to a random page and start, but in this book you would have a hard time following along with the poem if you did that. Reader Response / Classroom Connections: There is a variety of ways that this book could be inter-disciplined. I could include this in a book set about respect. After reading the story with the kids I would create a chart and have kids give examples of what a good friend is. After doing this with the class I would assign each student a student and they have to come up with good qualities that other student has.

  • Treasure
    2018-11-14 02:48

    This nonfiction picture book offers one surprising and unusual animal friendship on each two page spread. On the left is brief, rhyming text about friendship, with smaller, lengthier text below it explaining the story behind the friendship and picture. The right side of the page features a large, colorful picture of two animals in a real life, unexpected friendship moment.Some animal pairs are long term friends, while other are only captured in a picture for a moment of meeting that does not occur again, offering some inconsistency with the title and purpose of the book—animal friendships, not passing moments of not eating one’s natural enemy. There are enough other stories out there of these special animal relationships that the book should have been able to consistently offer actual tales of friendship instead. The stories also sometimes include the death of the animal or their eventual separation, which certainly brings realism and the facts of nature into the book, but does take away some of the magic of the book. The book missed an opportunity at the end to include websites, lesson plans, questions, or something that extends the lovely message of the book. A missed chance to help clearly guide children to empathy, peace, friendship, and caring for one another.(Reviewed for Puget Sound Council)

  • Julia Jasztal
    2018-11-13 07:31

    (Mommy's review from 5/12)This is an amazing book - it really is. Animal relationships are fascinating to me and Julia so finding this was perfect. The stories shown here include a baby macaque and pigeon, an orangutan and a cat, a camel and a Vietnamese miniature pig, a giraffe and an ostrich, a lion cub and piglet, a Basset Hound and an owl, a frog and mouse, a baby badger and baby fox, a capybara and squirrel monkey, (this is so fantastic!) a polar bear and a chained Eskimo sled dog, (this is another!) an Asiatic bear and a cat, a yellow Lab and a cheetah, and last but not least, a baby orangutan and Sumatran tiger cub.There are a lot of different variables here. Some of the relationships had human help, some didn't. Some relationships lasted minutes, if that, while others lasted for days or years. Some relationships had to be stopped because of the danger involved as one or both animals aged, some didn't.It's really amazing and the book can show children - and adults - much.

  • Laura Salas
    2018-11-15 05:41

    Friends celebrates unexpected friendships. One rhyming poem spans the entire picture book, and each spread has an oh-my-lord adorable animal pair photograph and a brief prose passage describing the animals' circumstances/relationship. The photos are simply irresistible (Robert Palmer, get out of my head). The lion cub and piglet and the orangutan and tiger cub are my favorites! I love the stories about the animals. At first, I was unsure about including some that were such brief relationships, but then that grew on me. We meet people all our lives at school or work or on our block with whom we form relationships. They might not be forever friendships, but they still matter. The kindness and comfort we give and take matter, and it really shines in this beautiful picture book.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-17 04:39

    A collection of stories about animal friendships, often formed between species who in the wild regard one another as enemies. A poem introduces and sums up each pair's extraordinary friendship and then a brief paragraph provides zoo information and details about how the animals came to prefer each other's company. Text is mirrored by a full color, full page photo of the animal pairs interacting.This is a great family read. The photos will charm everyone and the stories will touch their hearts. I was especially excited to see a set of friends in my neck of the woods at my favorite zoo to date (Cincinnati Zoo), but equally excited to visit zoos around the world through the pages of this book.

  • Kate Hastings
    2018-11-10 08:42

    Grades 1-4. One of the Buckeye Children's Book Award nominees for 2013. I was really surprised the students enjoyed this as much as they did. The book features unusual animal friendships (pig and camel, cheetah and dog, owl and dog, frog and mouse). The book is a poem about qualities of friendships. In smaller print at the bottom were facts about the animal friendship. This was a good book for modeling text elements (smaller print, bigger print, photographs). I paired this with a clip from National Geographic's Unusual Pet Friendship series-- and showed them Kate and Pippin, the true story of a Great Dane and a fawn. I was also able to highlight many other true animal friendship books from our collection. This book won the vote for our school!

  • Hailee
    2018-11-20 02:54

    This nonfiction picture book by Catherine Thimmesh displays unthinkable friendships between polar opposite animals, such as a tiger cub and a baby orangutan, or a polar bear and a pack of sled dogs. While most of these friendships didn't last long due to the animal's safety, this book uses rhyming words to distinguish the depth of each individual friendship. The photographs throughout the book are heartwarming and any aged reader will fall in love with each unusual story. "Friends" reiterates that a friendship shouldn't be based off of who you are on the outside. Friendship is about what is within.

  • Dolly
    2018-11-13 04:31

    This is a sweet book of short stories about different animals finding comfort from one another. Often, these animals are considered quite incompatible or unlikely to form a bond with one another, but they do so anyway. Whether it was for a few moments or for years, the big, colorful photos capture the essence of the companionship. The narrative includes a small poem and a short narrative that describes how each animal pair became friends. We enjoyed reading this book together and have read it a couple of times.

  • Sam Gallagher
    2018-11-17 09:36

    Friends is a compilation of true stories of unlikely animal friendships from all shapes and sizes and in all sorts of places. Kids will love the real life photography and the telling of each animals' true friendship. A great way to talk to kids about unlikely friendships and how they can even happen with animals. Kids would certainly be fascinated by this book and I was as well when reading about the cute couples. If a tiger and a monkey can be friends, so can anyone else!

  • Cally O'Brien
    2018-12-05 02:50

    Audience: Animal lovers, science teachers, librarians looking for read aloud with animal or friendship theme, Appeal: This book has two levels of text that extend it's audience from young children who like to look at the animal pictures to older children and adults who are interested in the stories behind the pictures. California Reading Association's Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award-2012

  • Rhonda
    2018-12-09 03:39

    From the very beginning, this book tugged at my heartstrings. I like the play on words with each little poem in the beginning; it’s clever and fun to figure out. These stories explored the limitless means of friendship which is such an important thing to teach kids at a young age. Not only are the pictures adorable, but there is a beautiful message being conveyed: friends come in all shapes, sizes, and species!

  • Stan
    2018-11-18 07:46

    The Internet gives us cute pictures of cats or dogs. This book gives us cute pictures of unlikely animal friendships. The book cover being a perfect example. Catherine Thimmesh adds light poetry about friendship, inspired by the individual pictures, and a brief explanation of the setting for the friendship. This is a lovely diversion. And it suggests that even unlikely individuals can be friends. Could we learn something from this?

  • June
    2018-11-29 09:33

    A sweet book, which gives a brief glimpse of several across species friendships. My son Andrew read it and was taken with the bear and cat friendship and drew a picture of them for his summer reading report. I have also placed a hold for Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland at MCPL, which was highlighted in the neighborhood paper.

  • Jennifer Borduin
    2018-12-05 10:54

    This is an EXCELLENT book on unlikely friendships among animals. Children can discuss the different animals, why they became friends, what makes the duo work, and whether or not they could be friends in the wild. This could be a great intro science lesson into species, and how animals behave differently when captured rather than living in the wild.

  • Donalyn
    2018-11-11 06:51

    From time to time, I receive cute animal pictures in my email. Those photos seem to provide the basis for this book. While I thought many of the animal photos were adorable, the text was clunky at times and revealed that many of these encounters were random moments-- not friendships of the lasting sort. I struggled to see the point.

  • Shannon Considine
    2018-11-23 02:33

    This book shows images of unlikely animal friendships, such as the cover’s monkey and tiger buddy pair. Since the animals are so different from each other, this book can be used to discuss differences that can exist between friends, tolerating others, and making the effort to spend time with and getting to know someone different from yourself.