Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide - Unlikely Friendships for Kids: A Book Review

About The Book:

Unlikely Friendships is a phenomenon. It’s a runaway New York Times bestseller with more than 260,000 copies in print in less than half a year;  a book with its compelling message of hope and friendship and differences overcome. Temple Grandin called it “. . . amazing. It shows the power of friendship.” 

Now Unlikely Friendships is rewritten for younger readers: Unlikely Friendships for Kids, a series of hardcover chapter books for children, ages seven and up. Here are three collections each with five of the clearest, most interesting stories from the original book, like the monkey and the dove or the leopard and the cow. Chapter books give young readers a strong sense of accomplishment, and these heartwarming animal stories, with their incredible photographs and inexplicable mysteries of attraction, their focus on friendship, love, and the ways that creatures of all different species can find common bonds of affection, will keep kids turning the pages to find out about the unusual ways animals help each other and discover the love of new friends.

Each is a perfect gift for young animal lovers, and a lovely subject to help kids get reading.

About The Author:

Jennifer S. Holland is the author of Unlikely Friendships, and a senior writer forNational Geographic magazine, specializing in science and natural history. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos.

My Review:

Do you have a child in your home that is learning to read, and wants to transition to easy chapter books while learning about animals. Then the Unlikely Friendships for Kids series is the perfect gift idea for you!

Recently my family received Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey and the Dove. It is a five chapter book that is beautifully illustrated with real-life photos of all kinds of animals. In fact each chapter follows different animals:

1. The Monkey and the Dove
2. The Bear and the Cat
3. The Elephant and the Dog
4. The Dog and the Cat
5. The Lion and the Oryx

Each chapter is about 10 pages in length, with both sight words and larger words, perfect for all reading levels. We have been using our copy for reading a chapter per night, thus completing the book in just under a week. My girls are four and six years of age and listened very attentively and had lots of laughs as we followed the antics of all the animals.

I also loved the animal list and word/phrase lists that are included at the end of the book. It helped to be able to explain simple things about what we had read. As well it was a starting point to researching more about the animals.

A great gift idea for any young reader or even teacher in your life this Christmas season.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey and the Dove at your favorite bookseller from Workman Publishers.

***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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