Can We Be Friends?: Unexpected Animal Friendships from around the World
Take a journey exploring five unexpected animal friendships! This adorable picture book, based on real-life stories, showcases popular duos like Mzee the tortoise and Owen the hippo and Koko the gorilla and her kittens, as well as lesser-known ones like Kumbali the cheetah and Kago the dog. Includes backmatter.
A list of the unlikely animal friendships from around the world and introduced to young animal fans in Can We Be Friends?:
1. Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise (Kenya)
2. Kumbali the cheetah and Kago the dog (Virginia, USA)
3. Themba the elephant and Albert the sheep (South Africa)
4. Koko the gorilla and kittens (California, USA)
5. Ben the dog and Duggie the wild dolphin (Ireland)
This sweet picture book supports children as they learn about empathy and kindness.
What I loved: The illustrations are sweet with lots of unique animal friendships. Paired with the rhyming phrases, this is a cute read for young readers. The real-life stories are pretty lengthy, making this book better for older picture book readers. This ends up being a pretty long book for reading aloud, but is great for children who like a more involved book but are not yet to chapter books. The moral of the story is important and encourages children to find new friends that they might not have thought at first glance.
Final verdict: Overall, this is a cute book of animal friendships with in-depth information about real-life unexpected friends. The colorful illustrations and rhyming phrases make this a sweet and fun read for elementary school aged children.