What Pet Will I Get

What Pet Will I Get

by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood
     
 


What parent hasn't heard their child say ""I want a puppy, or a kitten?"" Or he or she might want a more exotic pet like a ferret, snake, hamster, lizard, even a snail. How do you explain that your home may not be right for a pet? Still, you may give in, deciding that teaching a child to take care of a pet helps teach responsibility. In this wonderful story the… See more details below

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What parent hasn't heard their child say ""I want a puppy, or a kitten?"" Or he or she might want a more exotic pet like a ferret, snake, hamster, lizard, even a snail. How do you explain that your home may not be right for a pet? Still, you may give in, deciding that teaching a child to take care of a pet helps teach responsibility. In this wonderful story the kind of pet is the surprise. What Pet Will I Get? tells this charming story through the voice of a child hoping for the pet he's ""wanted all his life."" The reader shares the excitement of a child as he imagines mom coming home with a great pet. He is literally jumping with anticipation: ""I've pictured this day / So long in my head / I make my own bed."" But when Mom comes home with only a single guppy our narrator is crushed ?????? until he begins to actually find out more about guppies on his computer. Soon he begins to ""decorate"" the guppy's home and learns that his fish is more than a pet but a new and wonderful part of his life.

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School Library Journal

PreS-K

After a boy pesters his mother for a pet, she throws up her hands in defeat, marches to the store, and buys him a guppy. The boy is not enthusiastic about it, but after doing some research on the Internet, he decides that it's a cool pet after all. His change of heart might have been more convincing had some of that cool information been shared with readers, who have watched him daydream about llamas and elephants and parrots, yet ultimately settle for a small fish. The message of face-value acceptance is as forced as the rhyming text ("From my guppy I learned/Something important and true/You can love any pet/If he's special to you"). The fact that the mother, who clearly wants nothing to do with the animal, purchases it without any input from her son does little to prepare her child for the responsibility of taking care of an animal. The illustrations, a layering of mediums including line drawings, watercolors, and digital photography, are colorful but are not enough to compensate for the flaws in the story. The protagonist in David LaRochelle's The Best Pet of All (Dutton, 2004) has more control over his own pet destiny, and the girl in Dan Yaccarino's The Birthday Fish (Holt, 2005) also gets a fish she does not want and grows to love it-without the stilted verse.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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ISBN-13:
9780980016222
Publisher:
Vanita Books
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Pages:
38
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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