Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People
  • Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People
  • Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People

Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People

by Sheila Keenan
     
 

Everything you've ever wanted to know and more about our favorite companions. ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE scampers through the history of pets and people and takes a closer look at today's most popular pets.

There are approximately 377,800,000 pets purring, slithering, or swimming in the United States! ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE combines hilarious illustrations and a fun,

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Overview

Everything you've ever wanted to know and more about our favorite companions. ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE scampers through the history of pets and people and takes a closer look at today's most popular pets.

There are approximately 377,800,000 pets purring, slithering, or swimming in the United States! ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE combines hilarious illustrations and a fun, youthful text to tell the story of pets through the ages and the people who kept them, including famous pets and pet owners. Each chapter touches on the history of the animal in the wild, its domestication, and the high points of its popularity as a pet. Kids will also discover historical attitudes and superstitions about pets.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-6
A well-organized, entertaining book. Keenan starts with the astonishing fact that there are more pets in the United States than people (and that the number of cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and other small animals combined does not even add up to the number of pet fish). She then describes how changing religious and cultural attitudes led to the domestication of wild animals and their transformation from possible evening meal to beloved companion. This trip through history is followed by chapters about specific pets, with cats and dogs getting the bulk of the coverage. However, everything from furry to feathered to scaly gets a mention (as do pet rocks, sea monkeys, and Tamagotchis). The book ends with a chapter on "Eternal Pets," covering how animal burial and immortalizing is an ancient tradition. For a volume with such scope, it is disappointing that the ending is so abrupt. The book is well researched though, and includes a bibliography heavy on books, with periodicals, videos, and Web sites given space as well. Animals is written in a witty, casual voice that will attract and hold its intended audience ("some snakes, like the poisonous ones, shouldn't be pets at all . . . duh!"). Color photos and a snappy layout add to the appeal. You will want to welcome Animals in the House into your collection.
—Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439692861
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Animals In The House Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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