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These books represent pet care as a commitment that is hard work but not daunting. Each volume combines tips, hints, and rules with general information about the animal, providing readers with an overall impression of their pet. Spreads include in-depth care instruction, and "Q & A" sidebars that answer common behavioral questions. While no preference is shown for pets from shops or breeders (with the exception of dogs, which should never be purchased from a store), the books all stress empathy for the animals, often asking children to question how their behavior can affect their pets. Each title finishes with a spread directed at adults. The books are intended for children to read by themselves, but it is understood that keeping a pet is a mutual endeavor and that adult help will be necessary. The layout is clear, with full color photos and illustrations breaking up the text. While not groundbreaking, this is a competent, accessible series, perfect for replacing older holdings or beefing up current collections.-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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