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Review: Unlikely Friendships

January 13, 2012

If the photo on the cover of Unlikely Friendships, by Jennifer Holland, makes you go “Aw,” then you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book.  Holland has collected forty seven stories of unusual animal friendships and shares them in her book.  Each story is four or five pages long and is accompanied by the most heart-melting photographs you’ve ever seen.

Some of the relationships between the animals have been encouraged by humans, but many have been spontaneous and, I have to admit, those are my favorites.  I don’t think there was a single story that didn’t make me smile and I just adored the photos.  I wanted to hug all of the sweet animals in them.  Some of my favorite stories were:

  • The Salty Dog and the Dolphins – Joker the dog loves to frolic with dolphins
  • The Elephant and the Stray Dog – I think most people are familiar with the story of Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog
  • The Rat and the Cat – A woman rescues rats and a cat and the cat and one of the rats have become companions

To get an idea of what this book looks like, check out the trailer:

This book can be read all at once or in bits and pieces since each story is self contained.  Everyone who loves animals will want to read Unlikely Friendships!

Review copy provided by Workman Publishing.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012 5:54 am

    I would like to see the dog with the dolphins. I have seen a dog and an elephant. May be on Oprah’s story about Flora, the elephant??? I can’t wait to enjoy this book. I can just imagine how much you enjoyed it.

  2. January 13, 2012 6:23 am

    I actually purchased this one, but haven’t read it yet, Saving it for a gloomy day when I’m at a loss what to try:) Glad u loved it.

  3. January 13, 2012 6:27 am

    I am about to cry. I am such a sap for these things! MUST. HAVE.

  4. January 13, 2012 6:49 am

    Sweet! My niece would love this book.

  5. January 13, 2012 7:48 am

    Awwwwwwwwww this sounds precious.

  6. January 13, 2012 8:06 am

    Sounds like a book The Girl and I would enjoy reading together!

  7. January 13, 2012 8:49 am

    I gave this to my niece for Christmas and she loves it. I have to admit to reading through it before giving it to her! :–)

  8. January 13, 2012 9:13 am

    this sounds like such a sweet and heartwarming book.

  9. January 13, 2012 9:50 am

    You already know how much I loved this book! Thanks for including the trailer, I hadn’t seen it before today.

  10. January 13, 2012 9:50 am

    That looks so cute! The only one i’m not convinced of is the cat and bird. The cat looked a little shocked.

  11. January 13, 2012 10:22 am

    I love stories like this too, and whenever I come across one, I share it with all my family and friends. I have seen baby tigers being nursed by pigs, and dogs nursing kittens. It’s so amazing when different species of animals discover they have an affinity for each other, and it’s cool too! Great post today. I need this book, and Melissa would love it!

  12. January 13, 2012 10:30 am

    The cover did make me go awwww. This book sounds wonderful!

  13. January 13, 2012 12:25 pm

    Oh so cute! I seen this one around and may need to take a closer look at it. No secret, I have a soft heart for animals.

  14. January 13, 2012 12:58 pm

    This book looks and sounds freaking adorable!

  15. January 13, 2012 1:48 pm

    I really want this one.

  16. January 13, 2012 1:50 pm

    This looks fascinating, thanks for sharing.

  17. January 13, 2012 3:00 pm animal stories like these! This one is going on the wish list. lol

  18. January 13, 2012 3:02 pm

    Oh, what can I say… this is a book for me!

  19. January 13, 2012 3:36 pm

    This sounds so adorable!

  20. January 13, 2012 3:42 pm

    I have seen this book and thought that it would be a sweet one to read.

  21. January 13, 2012 3:52 pm

    I have to admit I love book like this – the trailer is adorable!

  22. January 13, 2012 4:06 pm

    I love stories about bizarre animal match-ups and bondings so I’m thrilled that there’s now a book with stories about so many of these bonds! We can all learn from these pairings, too, I think!
    Thank you so much for reviewing this book.

  23. January 13, 2012 6:26 pm

    This book is wonderful. I wish some of my own pets would get along better. 🙂

  24. January 13, 2012 8:02 pm

    Yes! I am checking this one out from my library…immediately! 😀

  25. January 13, 2012 8:27 pm

    Oh … what a wonderful idea for a book! Are the hippo and the tortoise in there?

  26. January 13, 2012 9:45 pm

    I want this book! My shy little dog is in love with a big gray cat, and the love seems to be mutual;)

  27. January 13, 2012 11:12 pm

    Well, I do want to say Awww. So cute. My ypungest granddaughter is going to get this for her birthday.

  28. January 13, 2012 11:44 pm

    Okay this does look so adorable. I’m going to have to seek out a copy.

  29. January 14, 2012 1:30 am

    So cutie! I would love this book!

  30. January 14, 2012 6:28 am

    I know a few people who would love this book. Sounds really sweet!

  31. January 14, 2012 11:32 am

    I have this book, need yet to read it. Sounds lovely

    I absolutely loved your current read “LITTLE PRINCES” 🙂

  32. January 14, 2012 2:03 pm

    A cat and a rat as buddies …huh, never heard that or the other ones

  33. January 14, 2012 6:35 pm

    This is one of those books that our whole family would love! I will have to keep my eye out for a copy of it. It definitely is an “Awwww” book!

  34. January 15, 2012 7:55 am

    Those photos are adorable. I bet my kids would love this book!

  35. January 15, 2012 10:36 am

    Beautiful stories and images. For Christmas I offered to my Mom a book with stories like those ones. On the cover was a big sleeping grey cat (a “chartreux”) with a pigeon, straight on it’s back : I love it and my mother too !

  36. January 16, 2012 1:16 pm

    These kinds of stories always make me over emotional! Now I want to get my hands on it!

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