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Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Leopard & the Cow: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships

Last updated Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Author: Jennifer S. Holland
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 0761170138
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2017

Synopsis: 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. This collection focuses on five of the clearest, most interesting stories from the original book, like the monkey and the dove or the leopard and the cow. 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.

Note to readers:
•  You may want to review and pick the stories you and your reading partner would like to each read. Though the book is not too long, so you may have time to ready all the stories & review the vocabulary at the end.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What type of animals are on the cover?
•  What other animals can you think of that would make unlikely friends?


•  See Animal List and Word and Phrase List in the back of the book.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Which of the animals in the stories would you like to meet or see?
•  Which of the unlikely friendships in the book do you think is the most surprising?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own picture of two unlikely friends. Draw or cut out shapes of animals to add to your picture.
•  Bring magazines with photos of animals for the kids to cut out and use for their pictures.
•  Check our Animals in April craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Practice signing K-O-K-O as pictured on page 20. Practice other letters as seen on link to Pinterest page above.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!