School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-5-Jeffrey combines clear texts with endearing full-color photographs. Better for young researchers than the "ASPCA Pet Care Guides" (DK, 2001), these books include history, advice on choosing a pet, taking care of it, and preventing problems. Photographs appear frequently along with inserts of fast facts or pointers. Some bias against pet stores is evident, and readers are encouraged to spay or neuter their pets. They are told never to hit their pet in Cats, where the author insists that felines can also be trained to come when called and possibly even to use the toilet. In Dogs, only praise techniques are recommended for training, using sophisticated vocabulary like "eliminate" and "separation anxiety." Horses includes information on the expense of buying and housing a horse as well as feeding and caring for one. Bias is again reflected in advice on having a vet euthanize an old or ill animal. Information in all three titles is more focused than in entries in the "Nature's Children" series (Grolier) or "Perfect Pets" series (Marshall Cavendish).-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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