True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
K-Gr 2—Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships. In addition to the verse, she records further details in prose paragraphs to give some context and to help older readers understand these often-inexplicable relationships. One can possibly comprehend a cheetah cub/puppy pair at a zoo, or even a baby badger and a baby fox at a wildlife sanctuary, but she documents a wild, adult polar bear and a tethered sled dog, a basset hound and an owl, and an Asian camel and a miniature Vietnamese pig. Unthinkable? "It doesn't matter—not in the end—because deep where it counts,/one knows a true friend." The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Poignant photographs accompany spare rhyming text and short paragraphs of information that showcase the unexpected and unusual friendships that can develop between different animal species. From around the globe, the author has collected examples that prove enemies in the wild can be friends when in need, and that neither size nor ferocity stands in the way of caretaking.

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