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BE AWARE OF DANGER FOR KIDS
on November 29, 2009
I only read the online sample of the book text, and almost ordered it. I hate to be a "kill-joy", and I truly am an animal lover! I'm a wildlife artist, a subscriber to Wildlife Explorer with all its beautiful photos, and I keep a bowl of peanuts at my front door for the neighborhood squirrels to visit daily and receive my multiple tosses of peanuts on the front lawn. They depend on me to get through the Chicago winters, and if I forget, they do come up the front stairs and I do think they knock on the door! My grandchildren love to come over and toss piles of peanuts on the lawn too, and watch from the window or porch (7 stairs up) as they nibble. From a distance, it's so adorable to watch them pick them up in their little paws, check them to be sure they're peanuts, bite off the shells, spit them out, and eat the nuts until they get full. After having enough, they carry some off to their families in another part of town. NOW FOR THE DANGER PART of the review.
I almost ordered this book for my grandchildren, but realized the possible danger that I thought I would share: The kids who read it may think it would be a good idea to help rescue animals like the kids in the book! I don't know about your neighborhood, but the wildlife in my neighborhood do not get vaccinated against the deadly disease of Rabies. How can we be sure our children won't get bitten by a squirrel or any other cute little critters that roam the streets if they approach them? So it's too much of a danger to let them read the book and not realize the danger. That's why I didn't order it. I do feel terrible about the squirrels and also about the author of the book! I don't want to do anything to hurt the the animals or the book sales, but the book should come with a warning for parents to warn their children to NOT approach those cute animals in their neighborhood, in case they didn't think of it. (Maybe it does, and I couldn't see it online). I may go ahead and order it for them and preach to them the importance of NOT approaching the cute wildlife they see. I suppose we can tell the kids, that if they find a poor little critter who's in trouble, we can call the animal control authorities in our area for help.