True Stories of Animal Friends
From the Set True Animal Stories
Discover some amazing-but-true stories of animal friendships, including kitten and chick chums and gorilla and bunny pals.
A noteworthy review of True Animal Stories from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014
Each of these title includes nine narratives about unusual animal events. The lesser-known stories, such as a bike-riding dog (Animal Tricks and Talents) and a water-squirting octopus (Animal Antics), are mixed with more widely known tales, such as the friendship between a Owen, a hippo, and Mzee, a tortoise (Animal Friends) and Koko, the gorilla who learned sign language (Animal Tricks and Talents). Other accounts, such as ‘The Frog and the Dragonfly’ (Animal Friends) and ‘The Dancing Bear’ (Animal Antics) are the result of the photographer’s anthropomorphic imagination and a serendipitous encounter with an unsuspecting animal. The treatment is more matter-of-fact than Picture Window’s ‘Animal Heroes’ series, though there is some overlap (such as Scarlet the cat and Sergeant Reckless). This series will be appreciated by practicing readers, who will be spurred on further research and the ‘Chapters’ series (National Geographic Kids). Fun books with strong kid appeal.
A noteworthy review of True Animal Stories from Booklist on October 1, 2014
Lions and tigers and bears . . . together? Everyone loves a story about unlikely friends, and this volume in the True Animal Stories series covers, among other things, a heartwarming partnership between a cheetah and a dog (Sahara and Alex, to be exact); a gorilla who adopted a rabbit; and a dragonfly who just happened to perch on a frog without being eaten. The brief text is light on detail—more discerning readers may have lingering questions about the animal buddies—and some of the creatures featured aren’t friends that interact as much as animals placed in close proximity (the dog that likes to watch fish swim is a stretch). Still, the well-laid-out pictures, featuring the creatures’ distinctive features, from claws to paws to scales, range from charming to downright squeal inducing and are sure to delight any young animal fan.