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. Years later, among the remains, archeologists find the dog's silver collar, revealing that its name was Delta and that it had saved its master, Severinus, three times." Honestly, these little tidbits of information was well worth reading this book.
All in all, I loved this book. I think that it would be an asset to any parents/teachers library. Share this with your children and enjoy it yourselves as well. Just be warned, if you are not ready for a pet, you will be by the end of the book.
5 out of 5 stars
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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.
on April 19, 2010
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.
on November 29, 2014
It is a funny book, with lots of information about communicating with pets. I was a bit disappointed with the discussion about a cat's tail. The discussion of that was very short, and didn't have a lot of information. I know my cat is telling me all kinds of things with his tail and his voice....little 'ow's, 'aas's and 'oo's. I was hoping to get more information than I did. But it is entertaining.