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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Find A New Pet (Not!), December 14, 2003
This review is from: Annie and the Wild Animals (Paperback)
In Annie, as in The Mitten and others, Jan Brett tells a fun children's tale while gently showing how a children's actions affect the world around them. Just as the boy in The Mitten winds up scaring all of the animals that then crawl into the mitten, Annie's actions also have wide repercussions.
Annie has a cat. One day she notices the cat does not want to play, but tries to hide in odd places. Annie keeps finding the cat so the cat tries the outdoors. This makes Annie lonely as she wants to have a pet around the house.
She bakes corn muffins to leave outside in the snow to attract a new pet. But Annie gets more than she bargained for as first a giant moose and then a bobcat shows up. Annie makes more muffins and more animals show up.
But eventually the corn meal runs out at the same time as the warm Spring winds begin to blow. Without any muffins, the animals leave and the cat is free to come back. By following the illustrations in the borders, we know what the cat has been up to and what prevented its return.
The only downside of this book (at least in my daughter's eyes) is that there is no mention whatsoever of a parent. Are we to believe that Annie is living at the edge of the woods all by herself? But still, it is a beautiful book and a fun story. A must read for fans of Jan Brett's other books.
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2012 11:44:45 AM PDT
A. Jordan says:
"Just as the boy in The Mitten winds up scaring all of the animals that then crawl into the mitten."
Not that it makes any difference to your review of this book, I suppose, but this is not at all what happens in The Mitten.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 2:06:33 PM PST
You are reviewing Annie and the Wild Animals, not Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2014 12:05:43 AM PST
Ruth in NM says:
The reviews seem to be completely jumbled up. I got here from Annie and the Wild Animals, and could not understand all the reviews of Fritz! Not helpful of Amazon at all.
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