One Big Happy Family by Lisa Rogak tells the heartwarming stories of a different kind of animal rescue: animals who have reached out to save the lives of babies from other species and raise them as their own. Whether it’s the border collie and his piglets, the cat and her ducklings, the orangutan and his lion cubs, or even the Labrador and her baby pygmy hippo, these are poignant, charming tales of animals — including a surprising range of dog breeds — who have felt the parental instinct and cared for little ones of every stripe.
Filled with adorable pictures of these cute newborns and their foster moms and dads, Lisa Rogak’s One Big Happy Family celebrates the intimacy and emotional connections of parenthood and the amazing miracle of interspecies animal adoption.
Praise for One Big Happy Family:
“This collection of tender stories and photos describes surprising interspecies relationships, many involving an adult predator suppressing its instinct to kill and taking on a parental role when exposed to an orphaned or abandoned baby animal that would ordinarily be its prey. – Rogak’s prose is buttressed by adorable pictures of the animals from different species snuggling or cuddling with each other. Impressively, the animals actively sought out the younger creatures in need. The stories exemplify the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction, and even if these incidents mark the exception rather than the rule, animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the book.” -Publishers Weekly
“This book ‘sells’ itself. It gathers 50 stories of animals of one species mothering (or, in several cases, fathering) babies from an entirely foreign species. The instinct to nurture young is almost universal, and, as these stories demonstrate, that instinct can sometimes trump the instinct to stay within one’s own kind. -Illustrated with irresistible color photos, this one is a charmer.” -Booklist
Lisa Rogak is the author of The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs and Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World, and editor of the New York Times bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words, among many other books.
Other books by Lisa:
Dan Brown – The Unuthorized Biography
And Nothing But the Truthiness – The Rise (and further rise) of Stephen Colbert
Dogs of Courage – The heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World
A Boy Named Shel – The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
Haunted Heart – The Life and Times of Stephen King
The Dogs of War – The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs
Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America’s First Lady
Barack Obama in his Own Words
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 × 7.5 × 0.4 inches