I was more than thrilled to be offered this book at SIBA by Workman Publishing. It literally MADE MY DAY. I carried the book around in my arms for a better part of the afternoon, touching it and opening it to random pages. Instant stress relief.
In this book that is therapy applied to the page, there are 47 stories of unique pairings of animals. They are friends, these little guys. The hunters and the hunted snuggle together in the wild, like a leopard and a cow in India. Or a snake and a hamster in Japan! Can you imagine? Others are just...bizarre, like an iguana and a cat, or a dog and a koi fish. What on earth could a dog and a fish have in common, I have no idea, but they like to hang out apparently.
Some come together temporarily for comfort and warmth, when they are rescued from a forest fire, or when a baby is separated from or abandoned by it's mother. Like the Bobcat kitten and the fawn, or the mothering mutt and the red panda cubs. Other friendships extend over years and years, for no real reason except for companionship. Like the Asiatic black bear and the black cat, or the nearsighted deer and the poodle. Honestly, I almost can't stand it, it is so flipping sweet.
The book is something you can read casually, whenever you need a bright spark in your day. Or you can consume it in a few hours like I did, and drive your family crazy by screaming "...and look at this one! Awww, and this one! Oh, and this one!". It is a book you will keep out on your coffee table, ready and waiting to be picked up and loved by your friends and family. I can give you my personal guarantee that there isn't a human on this earth that has half a heart that could resist this book. Promise.
5 out of 5 stars