Category Archives: Power of pets

Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone…While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Continent!

There aren’t nearly enough books about rhinoceroses. Clara, a pet rhino in India, went with a Dutch sea captain on his travels around the world. Captain Van der Meer thought he could make money showing off Clara all across Europe, … Continue reading

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Cat Knit

Cat is perfectly happy with his friend, Yarn. But Girl wanted to play with yarn, too. “When Yarn returned, he wasn’t his usual bouncy self.” That’s because Yarn morphed into a sweater. Cat does not like Yarn anymore and goes … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Magic

Okay, here’s a book recommended to me by my nine-year-old. I admit, I didn’t expect to like it. The cover didn’t draw me in, but the first paragraph, and then the first chapter and then the next chapter filled me … Continue reading

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Little Beauty

Who says a kitten and a gorilla can’t be friends? Former UK Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne, wrote and illustrated Beauty, which shows an unlikely friendship between two peaceful animals that are more alike than different. It also provides a brief, poignant insight into … Continue reading

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Catwings

Born in an alley,  Mrs. Jane Tabby’s kittens all had wings.  Sent off to the country to fend for themselves, Harriet, Thelma, James and Roger fly to the woods, discovering predators, food and the beginnings of friendship with a girl … Continue reading

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Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation

Ike is writing letters again.  Wrongly accused, as always, Detective Ike LaRue is determined to find the missing cats and clear his reputation. Full of twists and turns, Mark Teague’s funny mystery gives the reader everyone’s side of the story.  In … Continue reading

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Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Ike, Mrs. LaRue’s dog, has an active imagination that makes for more interesting letters to his owner than reality.  Sent to obedience school, Ike feels he is unjustly imprisoned and so he escapes.  Colourful illustrations show what’s really happening, while … Continue reading

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Goggles

Very few picture books have an action-packed story such as Ezra Jack Keats’ Goggles. Peter stars in this book; his sidekicks are Archie, who doesn’t say anything, and Willie, his extra-smart wiener dog.  Set in an urban junkyard, Peter, Archie … Continue reading

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Olivia and the Missing Toy

Sometimes an education in books requires an extremely popular book that most people know already, but could use several more reads.  This is my favorite Olivia book, possibly because it uses the “it was a dark and stormy night” line … Continue reading

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What Do You Say?

    Mandy Stanley has a simply fun book in this question-answer format.  It has so much going for it:  sparse prose, bright pictures, predictable answers, and the surprise at the last page.  What do you say to a fish anyways?  We … Continue reading

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