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School Library Journal, May 2010

On Care for a Puppy, Care for a Kitten, Care for a Pet Racing Pigeon, and Care for a Pet Parrot

These are pet-care books with a difference. They stress that the care—or at least the proof of it—starts before the animal arrives and that proof of maturity and responsibility may take some time to establish. The books open with reasons for acquiring the featured animal and handy answers to common parental objections. They are also upfront about the drawbacks involved. Some are obvious. For instance, fun, cuddly puppies eventually grow into dogs—sometimes large ones. Some downsides might never have crossed prospective owners’ minds, such as the fact that a parrot could conceivably outlive them. The authors do a fine job of spelling out how much care is required to not only meet the animals’ health needs, but their happiness needs as well. Color photographs reinforce the desirability of these animals as pets, even if the care required can seem daunting. These titles are solid resources for children who know that they, and not their parents, will be in charge of pet care.

School Library Journal, October 2007

On Care for a Pet Mouse and Care for a Pet Tarantula

These well-organized titles present a great deal of information about the animal under discussion, and do so in an easy, conversational style. The clear and crisp color photographs on clean white pages correspond nicely to the topics. Leavitt is careful to include the negatives as well as the positives of owning these animals. In all, good selections for beefing up the ever-popular pet section.