Big Friend, Little Friend: A Book about Symbiosis

Big Friend, Little Friend: A Book about Symbiosis

by Susan Sussman, Robert James


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Full-color photographs illustrate fourteen fascinating symbiotic relationships between pairs of living creatures.

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ISBN-13: 9780395497012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/15/1991
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.33(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

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Big Friend, Little Friend: A Book about Symbiosis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you were looking for evidence to support the miracle of evolution, look no further. Big Friend, Little Friend provides many examples of animal symbiosis so specialized and intertwined that money of the organisms could not survive without their big or little "friend." A colony of red ants brings a caterpillar home and feeds it its larvae, which it needs to survive, in exchange for its sweet waste. It's tempting to anthropomorphize some of the relationships. When the Gobid eye fish guides the blind shrimp around the bottom of the red Sea, do they become friends while, throughout their lives, one helps locate food and the other digs a cave that they share for shelter? However the animals in this book feel about each other, they discovered a long time ago that it's easier to live together than apart.