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This helpful introduction to gerbil care focuses less on gerbil characteristics and behavior and more on practical tips for owning a gerbil. Sections include discussions of gerbil breeds, appropriate equipment, grooming, handling, and playtime. Highlighted sidebars include important reference information and helpful lists, such as a series of questions to help young readers and their families decide if a gerbil is an appropriate pet and a list of foods that might make gerbils ill. Illustrations include color photographs of gerbils, both alone and interacting with children, as well as watercolor paintings of gerbils. These paintings are sometimes effective, but sometimes confusing since they lack sufficient detail to effectively differentiate among the various gerbil breeds. Although this guidebook is not as in-depth as owners' manuals aimed at adults, it is a pleasant introduction to a popular classroom pet. An index and a somewhat limited glossary are appended. Part of the "Pet Care" series. 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Norah Piehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778717843
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Pet Care Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Table of Contents

What are gerbils? 4
The right pet for you? 6
Plenty of gerbils 8
Baby gerbils 10
Picking your gerbil 12
Getting ready 14
Home sweet home 16
Gerbil food 18
Gerbil grooming 20
Handle with care 22
Play time! 24
Understanding your gerbil 26
Staying safe 28
Visiting a vet 30
Words to know and Index 32
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