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Children's LiteratureThis basic introduction to pet mouse care focuses primarily on practical information for new pet owners. Sections include discussions of mouse breeds, safety concerns, grooming, handling, and visits to the vet. 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 mouse is an appropriate pet and a list of characteristics to look for in a potential pet. Illustrations include color photographs of mice, both alone and interacting with children. A large color photo also shows a complete cage setup with all the elements labeled. In addition, watercolor paintings of mice effectively illustrate mouse behaviors. Although this guidebook is not as in-depth as owners' manuals aimed at adults, it is a pleasant introduction to these popular pets. An index and a somewhat limited glossary are appended. Part of the "Pet Care" series. 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.