WASHINGTON (Nov. 30, 2012)—Forget Romeo and Juliet. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love with National Geographic’s new book TRUE LOVE: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1036-5; Jan. 2, 2013; $9.95 hardcover). Filled with heartwarming tales and adorable photographs, this book is the perfect gift for that special someone.
Author and National Geographic Kids magazine executive editor Rachel Buchholz has been collecting inspiring stories of love in the animal kingdom for the last decade. TRUE LOVE is the compilation of her 24 favorites, including the flamingo who sat on a stone in hopes it would hatch into a baby; the surprising bond between a gorilla and rabbit at Erie Zoo; and the lovesick dog who snuck out in the middle of the night to track down his lady love.
The stories are divided into different sections to showcase the full gamut of love and devotion throughout the animal world: Brothers & Sisters; Parents & Caregivers; Best Friends; and Real Romantics. In addition to touching tales such as the dolphin that jumped into his killer whale best friend’s tank for an overnight play date and the hen that acted as a surrogate mother to a litter of puppies, TRUE LOVE contains inspirational quotes on the importance of love, family and friendship from Bill Cosby, Aristotle, Robert Frost, Agatha Christie and more.
“As executive editor of National Geographic Kids magazine, I constantly read stories of amazing animal devotion,” Buchholz writes in the book’s introduction. “These tales are extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why: If animals can show kindness and love, surely humans can as well.”
An affordable and adorable gift this Valentine’s Day — or any day — TRUE LOVE is the perfect way to spread a little love to those you care about most.
About the Author
Rachel Buchholz is the executive editor of National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids magazines. In her nearly 20 years of editing for the tween market, she has learned that dogs love to skateboard, that ghosts live in the White House, and that if you’re in doubt, run a story about Harry Potter. Buchholz has helped National Geographic Kids’ 1.2 million readers set five Guinness World Records. She is the author of “How to Survive Anything: Shark Attack, Lightning, Embarrassing Parents, Pop Quizzes, and Other Perilous Situations.” Buchholz is a former editor at Boys’ Life magazine in Dallas.