Great Pets!: An Extraordinary Guide to More Than 60 Usual and Unusual Family Pets

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Sara Stein is nuts about animals. Over the years she's raised a monkey, a coyote, and a horned toad, and she came within a heartbeat of taking home a wallaby. In this mammoth pet encyclopedia she identifies dozens of unusual and not-so-unusual critters that make great pets in the house, in the yard, and in the wild. Stein even suggests temporary pets kids can bring home to observe overnight and return to their natural habitat the next morning.

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Overview


Sara Stein is nuts about animals. Over the years she's raised a monkey, a coyote, and a horned toad, and she came within a heartbeat of taking home a wallaby. In this mammoth pet encyclopedia she identifies dozens of unusual and not-so-unusual critters that make great pets in the house, in the yard, and in the wild. Stein even suggests temporary pets kids can bring home to observe overnight and return to their natural habitat the next morning.

Stein's recommendations suit every domestic situation. Skunks, for example, work well in an apartment. A big backyard is ideal for keeping a goat or two. If parents don't want a pet running through the house, tarantulas are happy in a nice glass vivarium. And if indoor pets are out of the question, Stein explains how to befriend the pigeons in the park or the rabbits in the yard.

For all her enthusiasm, Stein takes a common-sense approach to pets. Each entry discusses diet, housing, special problems, life span, and just how tame you can expect the pet to become. She also tells you whom to call if you wind up with a sick snake or an angry parrot. Stein devotes an entire chapter to which type of vivarium, aquarium, serpentarium, cage, or hutch is best suited to which creature. She even explains how to build an inexpensive-but-comfortable habitat.

Whether you like them furry, slithery, slimy, or scaly; whether you want one that swims, crawls, leaps, flies, or hardly moves at all, you'll find a pet in this book suited to every family's taste.

Discusses the characteristics of various types of animals that may be kept as pets and gives instructions for their care.

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Great Pets! An Extraordinary Guide to More than 60 Usual and Unusual Family Pets by Sara Stein, examines the pros and cons of a wide variety of animal companions. Beginning with "Pets in the Wild," which discusses animals like ducks and squirrels that kids might befriend, this encyclopedic volume continues with creatures who live in vivariums, aquariums, even serpentariums (for those seeking advice on how to get a fussy boa to eat a spotted mouse). Stein also rounds up more usual suspects, such as birds, hamsters, cats and dogs, and includes information on how to build homes for everything from a tree frog to a skunk. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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When searching for resources dealing with any kind of family pet, this book is tops! Author Sara Stein packs an incredible amount of information into this encyclopedia of pets. The knowledge that the book was first published in 1976 may lead readers to believe the material is outdated, however that idea is unfounded. Ten chapters provide information about several pets including snails, rats, and skinks. An added chapter offers expertise for obtaining the correct home for pets, whether purchased or constructed. Easy-to-follow instructions are kid-friendly and realistic when telling about materials needed. This comprehensive book teaches children how to compare one pet to another when selecting the right one. It utilizes a logical approach by succinctly informing the reader about the habitat, diet, care, and problems of different pets. Some aspects also deal with issues surrounding taming of pets and life span of pets. By studying any section of the book, the reader gains reality-based information. This information will keep children, and adults as well, from obtaining a pet because "it is fun" or "cute" because they will realize that other factors are just as important. Several "at a glance" pages and "fact" sidebars dole out added information. Place this book on any classroom or library shelf to boost children's knowledge about pets. 2003 (orig. 1976), Storey Kids/Storey Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174893
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


In addition to The Evolution Book, Sara Stein is the author of The Body Book and The Science Book. Together, her books have over 345,000 copies in print.
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