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.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 591.56
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Guided Reading Level P
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781631436444
Copyright 2015
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs

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.

Author: Arnold Ringstad

Arnold Ringstad is the author of more than 30 books for kids. He loves reading and writing about space exploration. He lives in Minnesota.