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Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  58 reviews
In her heartwarming New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and last year’s Unlikely Loves, Jennifer Holland revealed the surprising emotional bonds that exist between animals of different species. Her books spent dozens of weeks on bestseller lists and caught the attention of major media from CBS This Morning to USA Today. Why? Because she opened our eyes to the r ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Workman Publishing Company
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Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
-For animal lovers and even ones who are not. It shows the power of love and comfort that animals brings. It also show the intelligences of animals and so much more.
Short quick stories of animal behaviors that have saved lives, brought happiness and amazed all. Some of the stories brought tears to my eyes, some goosebumps, these animals all species are so much more than we understand. I have always loved animals, looked at them as intelligent individuals but this book showed me to slow down and look a little deeper when interacting with them. Animals are truly amazing and we know so little. Pick this book up for a quick pick me up, or connection with a livi ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this sweet heartwarming book. I am a big animal lover. This book contains 37 stories of how different animals have rescued or made a difference in a person or other animals life. the dog on the cover was found as a newborn puppy in the dead of winter and had lost all four of his paws. he learned to walk on "bionic" additions to his stubs. Look what a happy guy he is. All kinds of species are in this wonderful book. Seals, dolphins, lots of dog stories. it is amazing and touchin ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of the whole series of the books that I have read so far I would have to say that this one is probably the best out of the series. For although I do find it interesting to get to know the animal characters within her other books where she uses scientific facts it somewhat takes away from the story by making it a profile-type read in a sense.

In this particular book the scientific facts have been removed from the stories and instead the reader will either find boxes that give more informatio
Aug 08, 2019 added it
Sweet stories about various hero animals. Didn't realize how much fun it is to just read little short stories like these, with lots of pictures. ...more
Apr 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was an easy read, and an enjoyable book, with lots of photos, too! :) Heartwarming stories of animals helping people and/or other animals. I think my grandkids would enjoy hearing many of these stories read to them; a few have content that I think is above them, but most are very family friendly.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars

I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

In this collection of stories, Holland writes about animals of all walks of life. This is no exaggeration. You will find everything from mice sniffing out landmines to wild elephants ceasing aggressive behavior around a child, as well as no lack of everyone’s favorite domestic pets and farm animals. There is truly a story for everyone is this quaint book. Family friendly and truly wonderful for all ages. There is inspiration and
Kim Childress
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book, in one word, is simply “wonderful!” It’s full of positive, encouraging, even unbelievable stories about animals and people rescuing each other. For animal lovers of all ages, the wide assortment of stories and four-color photographs will appeal to a wide range of children and adults. Some of the stories seem unbelievable, so against instinctive, animal actions, that one witness in one story declared, “If I hadn’t seen what happened for myself, I might not have believed it.”

I recently
Midnights_Darling -The Emo Kittie
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I don't think anyone in their right mind would give this book a rating of anything below 5 PERFECT *****STARS :)

This book was an incredible read. I urge every book/animal lover to read
Unlikely Heroes by Jennifer S. Holland .
This book was a shear treat to the heart and soul. Uplifting and heartbreaking in so many ways. The pure bravery and courage from Gods furry creatures in this book was so unexpected yet expected because any pet owner knows the love they share with their pet and lengths they
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unlikely Heroes was a wonderful read sure to touch you, give you warm fuzzy feelings and perhaps even some tears. Separated into three main "sections" (not including the introduction): Superheroes, Everyday Heroes and Big-Picture Heroes, this book explores animal heroes of all kinds from dogs and cats, to goats and rats, to the more exotic like seals, dolphins, a hippo, and a camel (to name a few). Whether the animals are saving human lives, each other, or contributing to a bigger cause it was ...more
Apr 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells of animals that have been instrumental in saving the lives of people or other animals. I enjoyed it for two reasons: 1. It was interesting to read of the intelligence and sensitivity to animals. 2. It was also refreshing to read a book where human beings were not being made out to be the "bad guys", but were often instrumental in caring for and training these intelligent creatures. I also liked that it told of a variety of animals. ...more
Emmy Groendyke
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Very cute and heartwarming. I felt like I had already heard a lot of these stories already though.
Jenny Holland
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, of course I liked it a lot!
Pat Bower
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart warming book

I am a lover of most animal articles. This book complied many beautiful stories of various animals that have shown varied tributes that have made us aware of their special attributes that have had a positive influence on our lives. Enjoy each story.
Joshua Piorier Sr.
Who doesn't like cool, short stories about real world extraordinary animals?! No matter the circumstances, these 37 stories of 37+ heroes were amazing. I am excited to check out the other books by Holland. Great read! ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great feel-good book.
Jan 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
It's about the wonderful things animals do for us. How could I not love it!? ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave it 4/5 instead of a full 5 is because I did not really care for the last chapter but that is my opinion.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story of animals that risk there lives (sadly some die). This book has had me to come to think of animals and humans equal in intelligence in there own way because animals are just as smart and save lives too!
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Jennifer Holland's latest book in her "Unlikely" series ... the first two books (Unlikely Friendships and "Unlikely Loves") are both excellent and I highly recommend them to any animal lover ... her latest entry is "Unlikely Heroes" ... the stories are all about animals that have done something heroic (a few at the cost of their own lives) ... her first section covers animals that had spontaneous acts of bravery (from the Lionberger dog that saved his owner from drowning to the hor ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you’re an animal lover or just enjoy hearing stories to warm your heart, you can’t get a book more appropriate than Jennifer Holland’s latest book, ‘Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom.’ Her other books, are also amazing, but when you combine awesome animals with heroic stories, how can you not be ‘wow-ed’?

Along with the dog stories that you might expect, there are many other animals; like a bunny working in a hospital, a Gorilla helping an injur
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My goodness, I knew I was a softy when I was younger and a Humane Officer in California. I could tell you stories that would melt your heart of things I have seen. Jennifer S. Holland your book on so many levels touched my heart and soul..I love animals, and the stories you wrote about made me smile, and cry and felt sad and then with joy and sadness, the tears trickled down my cheeks. The sadness I felt was because of what these animals and there masters went through before they found each othe ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
One of the recommended books for our library's Summer Reading Program this summer since our theme is Every Hero Has A Story. A great book for animal lovers. Easy, quick read, lots of wonderful photos and plenty of heart-warming tales of animals who go above and beyond to help others, whether they be human or other animal friends. What I liked the most about the book was that not all the stories are about cats and dogs. There are also dolphin, goat, camel and elephant--to mention just a few. If y ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog-books
I have always enjoyed stories of animals acting in courageous ways. This book is full of lots of wonderful stories of animals acting in surprising ways to protect, serve, and save both humans and other animals. My favorite stories come in the last section. These included California sea otters who are surrogate moms, dogs who use their noses to protect endangered animals and seek out invasive species, and African rats trained to sniff out landmines.
Each story is inspirational and shows that all
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
This is another great collaboration of animal stories. Instead of animal friendships like the previous books, this one is a collection of stories about animals that acted in heroic ways. The book is divided into 3 sections - Superheroes, Everyday Heroes, Big-Picture Heroes. There are some really great stories and if you're an animal lover you will love this book! Each story is only a few pages and includes lots of pictures, so it's a really quick read. Another great collection from Jennifer Holl ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
If I had a category for "feel-good/fluff" then this book would be in it! The writing isn't fantastic, the author obviously pushes her bias on certain animal rights issues, but it was SO CUTE AND TOUCHING! I really bawled during some of the stories. The one where the two little dogs sacrificed their lives to save their owner from a house fire? Tears streaming down my face!!! If you own a business and have a waiting room, put this book out and count how many people get to your office with puffy ey ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle, book-tasted
Posted on behalf of Book Taster Sarah: The book "Unlikely Heroes" was inspiring because there were so many stories of animals that helped humans, or other animals. There was one small bunny that was part paralyzed so he had a scooter-like thing attached to his legs so he could move around easily. He went to hospitals and visited kids with disabilities that made it so they couldn't walk, or some of them were paralyzed. There were many other stories, but that one was one of my favorites.

Anyone who
Kaci O
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was very interesting reading all of the stories. I loved the story about the cat who saved all five of her kittens from a fire even though she got burned. Another good story was when a pod of dolphins saved a group of lifeguards from a great white shark. And a really cute one was a bunny, it's back legs were paralyzed so they made a wheelchair thing and it still ran around crazy. The stories in this book show how smart and thoughtful animals can be. I recommend this book to ...more
Maya Peterson
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is adorable! All the generosity that comes from the animals in the stories is just amazing! My favorite story is probably the bionic dog. He went through a ruff time when he was a pup, but later on miracles happened. He inspired all the other children that are sharing his life right now, that good things can come from it!All the other stories were great too it's just that this story was my favorite! All the stories had a thing in common, the generosity coming from the heroes in the sto ...more
Lynn Diane
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
What a powerfully inspiring book! I'm a sucker for animal stories, but these are much more than that. There's aan abused neglected dog who learns to walk and run on 4 prosthetic legs: a seal who rescued a drowning dog; a llama who visits and cheers up the elderly residents in a nursing home. 37 terrific stories about beautiful, heroic creatures. Ms. Holland writes for National Geographic I could not put the book down. ...more
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