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Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets Hardcover – April 13, 2010


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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887768849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887768842
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3–6—Love and Drake explore the topic on 24 spreads such as "A Cat in the Family," "How to Love a Reptile," "Building a Rodent Relationship," and "Puppy Science: Dog Senses." Most spreads focus on pet-ownership requirements, domesticated and feral counterparts, animal behaviors, communication, breeds, and hybrids. Tails concludes with a moving vignette about a girl with epilepsy and her seizure-response canine. The pages are illustrated with mostly subdued, sometimes humorous pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons. A running time line from 100,000 BC through AD 2009 appears across the bottom of the spreads, succinctly and effectively infusing facts about pet evolution, burial with their owners, aquarium invention, and breed evolution over time. While the text is informative and the topic popular, the artwork is merely adequate and won't appeal to readers old enough to appreciate the text, especially the time line data.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA
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Focusing mainly on dogs and cats but with some attention to fish, reptiles, rodents, and birds, Love and Drake celebrate the affection that connects people with their pets. Along with providing a historical overview of animal domestication over a running time line of milestones, the authors profile some famous real pets, including the extraordinary whiskey-drinking, sailor-mouthed parrot, Polly. They run through major cat and dog breeds; discuss characteristic instincts, personalities, behavior, and body language; and explain how to plan for, choose (from either a store or a shelter, they make no judgments), and care for an animal. The cat chapter closes with a brief tale about a pet who experiences a year as a stray, and similarly, the one on dogs concludes with the bonding of a trained seizure-dog and a child with epilepsy. Slavin skillfully captures the bountiful warmth here, depicting a wide variety of pets and their young folk in watercolor portraits on nearly every page. Though not systematic enough to work as an owner's manual, this will draw animal lovers like a magnet. Grades 4-6. --John Peters

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Format: Hardcover
This is a very cute nonfiction book about the connection between animals and people. It is broken down into four basic sections. The first section is called Pets and people: Hearts and Smarts. This section is really short and explains the brain chemistry involved in loving a pet. It's done in a very good way so that even kids can understand what is going on in our brains and why we fall in love with them. The second section is called Different Pets for Different Folks. This section goes through fish, birds, reptiles, rodents, and horses. This is a quick page or so for each type of animal. The third section is A Cat in the Family. This begins a rather large section about cats. It goes through the transition of wild cats to domesticated cats and then a few stories about cats. My favorite part in this section is called "I'm a Cat Person." My mom is a cat person and it really reminded me of her. The last section is called A Dog in the Family. This does the same type of thing that the cat section does. It goes through wild dogs into domesticated dogs. There are more about breeds in this section and puppies, but basically it is the same type of thing as the cat one. As I am a dog person, this was definitely my favorite section. I am a dog person and match their description pretty much to perfection.

Another great part of this book is that it has a time line that runs along the bottom of each page. This time line shows significant dates in history that involve pets. For example, my favorite was on A.D. 79 in Italy. It says "Italy: a dog lies across a child to save him when the city of Pompeii is smothered in volcanic ash.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not only adorable but it is full of facts about dogs, cats and other pet-type animals. There is also a fascinating time line about animals that runs through the whole book at the bottom of each page. Obviously, I am a dog person, but the stories in the book gave the pros and cons about each animal and would help a child decide which would be the best pet for their family. There is also a great poster that folds out from the dust jacket. This would make an excellent gift to any child who adores animals or a child's library.
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Cute mixture of pet history, pet behavior and anedotal pet stories sure to delight any pet lover. I love the historical timeline that follows through at the bottom of every page. The book covers all sorts of pets including birds, reptiles, horses, small animals and with large sections on dogs and cats. Cute illustrations tell you why you are a cat lover or dog lover. There are good tips on how to talk to your dog. This book is great for both young and old pet lovers with colorful illustrations and great explanations.
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