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What Pet Will I Get? Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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PreSchool-K—After a boy pesters his mother for a pet, she throws up her hands in defeat, marches to the store, and buys him a guppy. The boy is not enthusiastic about it, but after doing some research on the Internet, he decides that it's a cool pet after all. His change of heart might have been more convincing had some of that cool information been shared with readers, who have watched him daydream about llamas and elephants and parrots, yet ultimately settle for a small fish. The message of face-value acceptance is as forced as the rhyming text ("From my guppy I learned/Something important and true/You can love any pet/If he's special to you"). The fact that the mother, who clearly wants nothing to do with the animal, purchases it without any input from her son does little to prepare her child for the responsibility of taking care of an animal. The illustrations, a layering of mediums including line drawings, watercolors, and digital photography, are colorful but are not enough to compensate for the flaws in the story. The protagonist in David LaRochelle's The Best Pet of All (Dutton, 2004) has more control over his own pet destiny, and the girl in Dan Yaccarino's The Birthday Fish (Holt, 2005) also gets a fish she does not want and grows to love it—without the stilted verse.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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About the Author
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.
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