Thursday, December 17, 2020

TAILS FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER: A Picture Book Review and Giveaway

 Congratulations to Carol Nelson who won A Girl Like You.

I hope you are enjoying hearing about the wonderful books that Sleeping Bear Press publishes; here is one for the young animal-lover in your home or classroom.


From the title, readers will immediately understand what this book is about. What they will find are poems on the left side of the page about animals who end up in shelters, and more details about these animals on the right.  Kid-friendly illustrations by Liza Woodruff draw the reader into the text.

The book invites the reader to meet the six and a half million pets who arrive at community animal shelters every year. Some are strays, some have been rescued from natural disasters, some are given up for adoption.  

The author, Stephanie Shaw, provides reasons why or why not a family might want to adopt a cat, dog, or another animal.  These pointers will help a child and family who are considering adopting a pet.

For example, would you want to adopt a skunk?

Or, a handicapped dog or cat that requires special medical attention?

There are also farm animals that need adopting. 

Personally, this wouldn't be my pet of choice, but along with turtles, lizards, and bearded dragons, some people want a quiet pet that doesn't have fur or feathers!

Rabbits and kittens are popular adoptees, but did you ever consider a bird? Since they have a long life span, sometimes cockatoos outlive their owners. A bird rescuer in Vancouver, Washington created a rehoming program for parrots as companions for veterans. 

Whichever pet a young person is considering adopting, this is a great book to consider all the options. Two end pages provide information on how shelters began, things to consider when adopting a pet, steps a child should take when thinking about adoption, and other resources.


Leave me a comment by 6 PM on Saturday, December 19 if you would like to be considered for this giveaway. PLEASE leave me your email address if you are new to my blog; I can't enter your name without that. Want an extra chance? Share this on social media and tell me what you did!


Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing and I shared this on Twitter.
Connie Saunders

Becky Scharnhorst said...

What a great concept! I love that it raises awareness about all the animals in need of homes, but it does so in a way that will appeal to kids.

Antoinette said...

This looks like a great book for adults as well as kids. Thanks for the post.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you Becky, Connie (you're in twice) and ANtoinette. Antoinette- I need your email address in order to enter your name.

Danielle H. said...

I love the idea behind this book! We have volunteered for shelters as well as donated handmade blankets and pet pillows for a local cat shelter. I'm excited to read this book. Thanks for the chance! I shared on tumblr:

Carol Baldwin said...

This sounds like a book for you, Danielle! You're entered twice.

Jana Leah B said...

I like that this is a book of poems.
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Barbara Younger said...

What a clever and insightful approach to shelters and the characteristics of various animals!

Rosi said...

This looks like a really sweet book. I have read about it somewhere else as well. Can't remember where. Glad to see the word being spread. Thanks for the post.

Carol Baldwin said...

Jana Leah and Barbara, you're both in!

Susan said...

Looks like a fun book! I especially like the name of the snake!

Carol Baldwin said...

I agree, Susan!

Unknown said...

the farm animals page was my favorite!
Loved it!!
hewi mason

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks for commenting Hewi and Rosi. YOu're both in!

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