Friends (board book): True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships (Board book)
Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“This remarkable photo book for children combines candid shots of unusual animal friendships with brief rhymes about the quality of friendship expressed in each picture. Also included is information about the animals and their setting, situation, and behaviors. Photos come from all over the world with many different zoos represented. This is a beautiful way to explore friendship, tolerance, and compassion.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? Author Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the beauty of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, they give readers insight into animals, and the rhyming text shows the audience that support and love for another crosses all divides. This book also expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look at the kindness of animals—and humans—a little differently. Because they were there at just the right time, photographers in Siberia, India, Africa, the United States, China, England, Germany, and Japan were able to capture the truth and mystery of these existing friendships and allow us to appreciate them in this new board book format.
About the Author
Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Girls Think of Everything and Team Moon, winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Children's Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota with her family. www.catherinethimmesh.com.
"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal "Thimmesh hops on the cuteness bandwagon with this collection of 13 animal duos who met by chance and, for a time at least, showed mutual curiosity and affection."—Booklist