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Catherine Thimmesh

Dear Reader:

I dialed the Tobu Zoo in Japan, prepared to say "ohayoou gozaimasu" — the internet consensus for "hello" in Japanese. I couldn't speak the language, but still, I would happily babble like an idiot in my efforts to research an image for my new book.

I love the interspecies animal pictures that occasionally hit the news and the web. Beyond the cuteness factor, I'm drawn to the truth — and the mystery — behind these striking images.

I wanted to create a book that was both a celebration of friendship and of tolerance. It's my thought that by showing the specifics (a piglet and a lion; a dog and an owl) the universals of friendship are truly revealed.

"Few books work with children as young as four and as old as nine, but this one does — and beautifully — with its two levels of text and photographs sure to engage every reader." — LLW for James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead

Warm wishes,

P.S. Check out the fun FRIENDS video!

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Friends / Catherine Thimmesh / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0547390109 / Published: June, 2011

Ages 4-8 / Hardcover

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