Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet

Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet


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If you have a new dog companion—or want to adopt one—here’s a story full of facts that tells you everything you need to know.

There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. Follow along as they learn about bedding and bowls, treats and training, walks and washing—and even an unexpected dog show! Factual notes run alongside the simple story, offering tips that will help turn tentative dog adopters into doting experts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763689483
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 530,422
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Amanda McCardie is the author of several books for young readers, most recently A Book of Feelings. She says, "Sophie is dear to my heart. She was the cheery, cheeky little dog I grew up with in real life." Amanda McCardie lives in London.

Salvatore Rubbino is the award-winning illustrator of Just Ducks!, A Walk in London, A Walk in New York, and A Walk in Paris. He says, "I have always been fond of cats. But by studying dogs and watching their fascinating behavior, I now find that I love dogs, too!" Salvatore Rubbino lives in London.

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Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Our Very Own Dog, is the perfect book for children who are asking for a pet dog, or families with children who are thinking about buying a dog, to read together. We meet Sophie the dog, who until recently was living at a dogs home. She moves in with her new owners and over time learns to trust them. The book tells you all the wonderful things that dogs get up to, and need, in a fun and engaging manner. There are also useful tips and factual information on each page for children to learn about caring for a dog. At the back of the book is an index with a list of doggy words, and where you can find them in the story. There are also a few words of advice from the author, and some book recommendations on looking after dogs. Whilst the illustrations look basic, they are still beautiful and eye-catching, and clearly stand out. My only niggle with the book is that we meet the mum, dad and 4 year old girl of the family, but we are never told any names, and the book was all about Sophie the dog. I felt there needed to be a little more about the family, if not at least the little girl who is telling you about Sophie.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book with lively illustrations that convey the joy and excitement that comes from bringing a dog into the home and life of a child. When the little girl is four, her family brings a dog into the home. The fictional story is actually a "this is what you do" type of story where the young girl and her family go through important things to know and do in regard to having a dog in your home. Along with the actual story (centered on the pages) there are tidbits of factual instruction in smaller print along the top, bottom and sides of the pages. At the back of the book there is a short indexed list of key words and a short list of additional reading that might be helpful. This is probably a good book for families with young children to read through if they are interested in adopting, buying, or being given a dog of their very own. It will help in understanding the temperment and care of a dog. I recommend for homes and libraries everywhere. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. I was not compensated and opinions are my own, alone.