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Can We Be Friends?

Unexpected Animal Friendships from around the World

Erica Sirotich, Erica Sirotich (Illustrator)

Hardcover

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Description

With charming, colorful illustrations, this heartwarming picture book in rhyming text asks an age-old question—can we be friends? 

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.



Praise For Can We Be Friends?: Unexpected Animal Friendships from around the World

“‘Can you be friends with somebody who is…not at all like you?’ This cheerful account of surprising animal friendships assures readers and listeners that they can… The text is…appropriate for fledgling readers to read with an adult or on their own. Some of these stories may be familiar; others, not so widely publicized.”
Kirkus Reviews

HarperCollins, 9780062941589, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020



About the Author

Erica Sirotich likes to draw, write, and make all sorts of friends. She has loved animals, and true stories about the lives of animals, since she was a little girl. Her first picture book, Found Dogs, was about shelter dogs. Can We Be Friends? collects her favorite animal stories from around the world. She is also the illustrator of the multilingual board book series, Let's Say. Erica lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her dog and cat friends and her husband, Mike. Visit her at www.ericasirotich.com.



Erica Sirotich likes to draw, write, and make all sorts of friends. She has loved animals, and true stories about the lives of animals, since she was a little girl. Her first picture book, Found Dogs, was about shelter dogs. Can We Be Friends? collects her favorite animal stories from around the world. She is also the illustrator of the multilingual board book series, Let's Say. Erica lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her dog and cat friends and her husband, Mike. Visit her at www.ericasirotich.com.