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Title:
Unlikely heroes : 37 inspiring stories of courage and heart from the animal kingdom
Author:
Holland, Jennifer S., author.
Publication Information:
New York : Workman Publishing, 2014.
Physical Description:
246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Summary:
Thirty-seven stories of acts of animal heroism, including a pod of dolphins that shielded a group of swimmers from a great white shark and a feral male cat who risked everything to protect a kitten in a tornado.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780761174417
Format :
Book

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves , Unlikely Heroes features true --if sometimes unbelievable-- stories about animals that have proven themselves to be heroes in one form or another. A llama who visits hospitals to provide comfort and cuddles for patients of all ages. An Elephant Seal who protects a man from the aggression of other seals. A Sandhill Crane incubates endangered Whooping Crane eggs instead of her own. A dog that lost all four paws to frostbite when he was abandoned as a puppy gains four prosthetic paws and a new, inspirational lease on life. Interviewing scientists and zoologists from around the world, Holland tracked down firsthand sources and interviewed eyewitnesses. And each story is as heartwarming as those that helped define her previous bestsellers.


Author Notes

Jennifer S. Holland is a senior writer for National Geographic magazine, specializing in science and natural history.

She is the author of The New York Times Bestselling titles Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jennifer Holland (Unlikely Friendships) continues her series of profiles of amazing animals in this heartwarming and inspiring collection of tales of animalistic altruism. Featured in her latest are stories of dolphins saving swimmers from sharks and dogs alerting their owners to fires. There's Scarlett, the calico cat who repeatedly dashed into a burning building to save her five kittens; Alyna, the rabbit who uses a specially designed set of wheels to compensate for her paralyzed rear legs; Jasmine, the sweet Greyhound that has mothered animals of all kinds from birds and foxes to badgers and fellow dogs; and Wicket, a dog who's helping conservationists identify and track rare animal species. Holland's book is pure celebration of different animals and their amazing feats. Fans of her previous work will likely lap this one up. Readers looking to explore the nuances of animal altruism will likely be left wading in the shallow end of the pool. Color photos. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In this heartwarming follow-up to Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom (2011) and Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom (2013, both Workman), Holland whips up enthusiasm for the selfless acts of different animals. The book is divided into "Superheroes" (animals engaging in thrilling acts of bravery, such as dolphins who rescue divers from great white sharks), "Everyday Heroes" (creatures still making an impact, including a llama that comforts the elderly and disabled), and "Big-Picture Heroes" (those unknowingly contributing to a larger effort, such as housecats that, through in-vitro fertilization, are gestating and giving birth to endangered black footed kittens). The heroes here run the gamut from wild to tame: rats sniff out landmines, a hippo saves a baby gazelle from a crocodile, a horse rescues his owner from an attacking dog, and more. A charming design enhances the text. Inspirational quotes set the mood for each section, insets throughout add related facts, and eye-catching photographs add to the adorable factor. The upbeat text has a positive tone, but these stories aren't mere fluff. They include plenty of quotes from experts, and Holland casts a critical eye over these tales, being careful not to anthropomorphize; for instance, when writing about the heroism of elephants, she also emphasizes that these large animals can be destructive. A sweet look at the animal kingdom.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.