Pet Promises {book of the week}

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Is it Friday already?  Really?  It seems like just the other day it was last Friday …. then the temperature dropped (a not-so-subtle reminder of the weather that is soon to come) … and now it’s apparently Friday again.  No complaints here though — it’s time to spend another weekend cuddled on the couch with a book and our little one(s.)  So what book made the roster this week?    What Pet To Get?  by Emma Dodd,  published by Scholastic. This was one of our jackpot book-order finds that has been given a lot of love ….and all the crinkles and bent pages that go along with it.

This is a delightful story that takes the age old question of “Can we get a pony?” to a whole new level.  The vivid imagination and rationale of young boy Jack will make you smile (hmm, perhaps you’ve heard some of these propositions before?) and will make your children giggle as their own wheels of imagination start churning along with his  :o)

As you might have guessed, the list of proposed pets becomes quite …. extreme.

Yet for every logically presented animal, Jack’s mother responds with an equally rational response.  This conversation, which is downright comically formal at times, keeps the story flowing; and the repeating phrase of “What pet to get?”, which young children love to echo, will keep the pages turning.

Before you start reading, however, take note of the shout out to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as a source of information for those who are considering adopting a pet.  The support of shelter animals (and not puppy mill pups from a pet store) is something that I find very cool.

Hope you enjoy this week’s selection!  Happy Reading!

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