Baby is a shiny, black cat in Alexandria, Virginia. Ruby is a baby elephant in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Separated by thousands of miles, they're the best of friends. What could bring such an adorable pair together?
"Ruby and Baby ... an Unlikely Friendship," a children's book by Mary Jane O'Loughlin, tells the delightful tale of these two unusual friends who strike up a pen pal friendship. It turns out this incredibly cute duo can teach us a lot about love, friendship and the power of innocent wonder.
With charming, colorful illustrations by Lizzy Lahive, the story alternates between Baby and Ruby's point of view, giving us a window into their lives, families and homes. We first learn how they become pen pals, and then we get to read their sweet and funny emails to each other.
Baby tells Ruby about her hilariously elaborate process for waking up her human every morning for breakfast, and other fun facts about her life as a semi-urban house cat. (Hey, watching the birds out of the window every day is a big responsibility, you know.)