Saturday, October 1, 2011

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland is subtitled "47 remarkable stories from the Animal Kingdom." The cover shows a white dove being hugged by a tiny monkey. This is definitely a book you can judge by its cover. The most relevant word in this review is going to be "awww."

The book contains cute and touching stories about odd relationships between animals like an iguana and a house cat, a lioness and an oryx, and a tortoise and a hippo. The stories are accompanied by photos that will make you say "awww." Some of the relationships are not much more than a single encounter; others last the lifetime of one of the animals. The author does not present the stories as episodes out of real-life Disneyland, but acknowledges in many cases the reasons that might have prompted the animal pairs and the benefits each animal gained. However, she also points out that we underestimate animals, their intelligence, and their emotions, and I agree with that. This book is a quick and uplifting read (although there are sad aspects to some of the stories). If you like to view cute animal photos and stories on the internet, you will enjoy Unlikely Friendships.

(Unlikely Friendships can be found at the Galesburg Public Library in the New nonfiction area at 591.56/HOL.)

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