Tails Are Not for Pulling

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Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. Paying attention to an animal’s cues—a joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tail—can help a child understand what the animal is “saying” and what an appropriate response might be. That’s part of what this book is about. But mostly it’s about showing children how to love pets gently—because pets are for loving, after all. Kids learn that teasing isn’t nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone else’s pet, there’s one ...

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Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. Paying attention to an animal’s cues—a joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tail—can help a child understand what the animal is “saying” and what an appropriate response might be. That’s part of what this book is about. But mostly it’s about showing children how to love pets gently—because pets are for loving, after all. Kids learn that teasing isn’t nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone else’s pet, there’s one important rule you should know: Ask the owner first! A special section for adults includes ideas for teaching kindness to animals, activities, and discussion starters.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-This board book can be used to teach preschoolers the proper way to interact with pets. They will learn that it's OK to scratch, nuzzle, or cuddle an animal, but not to squeeze, tease, or pull tails. The book also advises them to watch and listen for warning signals when an animal might be saying, "Hands off." The text is brief and to the point. The broad illustrations use a thick black outline to create characters that are friendly and expressive. Two concluding pages offer further tips for caregivers on how to share the book and encourage children to treat animals kindly.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

“Teaching very young people that pets are living creatures and not toys is of utmost importance. Tails Are Not for Pulling is a fun book sure to be enjoyed by parents, their children—and their pets!”
—Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo, Host, “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures”

“Colorful, lively illustrations make Tails Are Not for Pulling stand out from the crowd, and the book's vocabulary will keep children up to age 3 interested and engaged.”—BookWire

Recommended by Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis, dog trainer, aggressive-dog expert, author, and host of the PBS television series “WOOF!  It’s a Dog’s Life.”

"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is her to help you..." -Baby Let's Shop blog.

ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, Winner

Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products, Winner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421810
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Series: Best Behavior
  • Edition description: Ages 4-7, Paperback
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 451,815
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor.  She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children.

Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children’s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.

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