May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)
  • May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)
  • May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)

May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)

by Stephanie Calmenson, Jan Ormerod
     
 


Children encounter dogs wherever they go: in the park, on the sidewalk, at their friends’ homes. Sometimes it’s love at first sight, on both sides—but not always. The right way for a child to approach a dog to ensure that the first connection is a complete success begins with this question to the owner: “May I pet your dog?”… See more details below

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Children encounter dogs wherever they go: in the park, on the sidewalk, at their friends’ homes. Sometimes it’s love at first sight, on both sides—but not always. The right way for a child to approach a dog to ensure that the first connection is a complete success begins with this question to the owner: “May I pet your dog?” Using Harry the dachshund as a gentle guide, Stephanie Calmenson addresses this valuable yet overlooked topic with care and precision, and Jan Ormerod’s warm illustrations portray a wide variety of breeds and personalities and depict situations that are realistic but never scary. Unique and straightforward, this is the essential guide to bringing children and dogs together—for kids and parents alike.

Editorial Reviews

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"Dachshund Harry leads the youngest readers through every step of kid-meets-dog etiquette." Horn Book, Starred

"Straightforward guidelines and a positive, encouraging tone make this book appealing and practical." School Library Journal

"Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging." Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
There's etiquette for kid-meets-dog situations, and if youngsters are aware of how they should act, there will be many more positive experiences on both sides. Harry the friendly dachshund coaches young readers through the steps, which include asking the owner before greeting the dog, extending your hand, fingers down, not reaching over the dog's head, and watching the dog for his or her reaction. Harry also offers suggestions about unfriendly dogs or dogs in vehicles, helping youngsters learn how to avoid potential problems. Calmenson's friendly, matter-of-fact writing is perfect for the intended audience, and Ormerod's colorful illustrations add meaning to this cheery yet serious offering. Notes to parents appear both before and after the text, reinforcing the safety tips. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
Kirkus Reviews
Harry is a cheerful and friendly long-haired dachshund who serves as the first-person narrator for this thoughtful look at the best way for a child to meet dogs. In clear prose and simple sentences, Harry explains to a little boy how to approach an unfamiliar dog and its owner, always pausing to ask the owner if the dog can be petted before getting too close. As Harry and the boy meet other dogs and their owners, the child learns appropriate questions and actions that lead to making new canine friends, as well as what to do when a strange dog is unfriendly. The key questions from the child and answers from the owners are repeated in color-coded speech balloons within the simple watercolor illustrations, which show a variety of dog breeds, sizes and temperaments. An introductory note to adults and a concluding spread offers additional safety tips, and an author's note provides the story of the author's own dog, a rescued dachshund also named Harry. Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618510344
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
476,653
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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