Cover Image

True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection by R. Buchholz

Buchholz, Rachel. True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection. Washington: National Geographic, 2013. Print.

True Love is a short gift book, meant as a Valentine’s Day gift book, filled with twenty-four stories about love between animals and accompanied by beautiful National Geographic photographs. These stories are generally less than a page long, and cover family ties between animals, including siblings, and parents, to friendship, and love. Animals featured in these stories include domestic animals such as dogs, pigs, ducks, sheep and donkeys, but also wild animals such as whales, flamingos, and elephants. Sometimes the stories are about farm animals, animals in the wild, or zoo animals.

Rachel Buchholz, the author of the book, is the executive editor of National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids magazines. These stories were collected over the course of her fifteen years working in editing. The images are all taken by National Geographic photographers. Some of the images are actually of the animals in the stories, while other images are just the same species as those in the stories.

True Love was designed as a gift book, and it truly embraces the format. Even though it is a picture book, the text might be long for some children to read through patiently. Each story is exemplified by only one picture. The language used is easily understood, however, and the beautiful photographs of adorable animals will draw readers. As the material deals with themes of family, love, and friendships, this is a book that many children will enjoy reading with their families.

Recommended: 3 out of 4 stars
Reviewer: Colette Leung

Colette Leung is a graduate student at the University of Alberta, working in the fields of Library and Information science and Humanities Computing who loves reading, cats, and tea. Her research interests focus around how digital tools can be used to explore fields such as literature, language, and history in new and innovative ways.