Dick King-Smith's Animal Friends.
Dick King-Smith and Anita Jeram.
Review by Michele F. Kallio.
This well illustrated volume tells 31 true life animal stories.
Some of the stories have a light-hearted tone, yet others speak of animal abuse and death. The stories speak of cats, dogs, cows, pigs, zebras and other animals, each the hero or heroine of its own story. Librarians may find they might want to direct young readers to stories within their level of understanding. As a book of stories and anecdotes, it is delightful, but should not be taken to reveal true animal behaviour.
The print is clear and appropriate for the age of potential readers. The 8.5 inch by 10.5 inch format is just right for little hands although the $24.99 price tag may be a bit high for some school libraries.
Recommended with reservations.
Michele F. Kallio is a former teacher-librarian living in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.
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