From the Set Pet Care
An introduction for young readers on the basics of how to care for a pet hamster. Bright photos and clear, simple text lay the foundation for children to take greater responsibility and a more active role in their pets' lives. Additional features include a table of contents, a glossary of key words and phrases, a fun-facts section, a list of needs and dangers to the pet, and sources for further research.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|ATOS Reading Level||2.3|
|Guided Reading Level||J|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||9.5 x 8|
A noteworthy review of Pet Care from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015
Attractive and well-designed primers. The close-up photographs of the animals’ faces on the covers entice readers, while the content cautions them to make careful choices when selecting a pet. The importance of commitment is emphasized, along with all of the basics on food, health, physical characteristics and needs, safety, and bonding. Fish, Hermit Crabs, and Lizards set realistic expectations on interaction. Concluding ‘Needs and Dangers’ and ‘Fun Facts’ lists recap the information and fill in any gaps. Photos are clear and bright and vary from full-page to insets. These crisp, basic guides will provide a good introduction to potential pet owners.
A noteworthy review of Pet Care from Booklist on October 1, 2015
This cuddly entry in the Pet Care series will elicit plenty of happy squeaks with its high-quality photos of snuggling and nibbling hamsters. The basic needs and habits of these creatures are addressed, as are best practices for new hamster owners. Accessible, easy-to-read text describes the importance of handwashing, keeping a clean cage, and having proper food for hamsters to eat. It also points out hamsters’ nocturnal nature, high activity level, and preference to live alone, with the exception of dwarf hamsters, which don’t mind company. A ‘Needs and Dangers’ list and ‘Fun Facts’ page conclude, though this is the first time dangers are mentioned. While the cost of having a hamster is never broached, this is a good starting point for kids looking to get a feel for pet ownership and responsibility.
Author: Kathryn Stevens
Kathryn Stevens is the pen name of Katherine Stevenson, a longtime book editor for The Child's World. For many years, Kathy has pursued a dual career in two areas of interest, publishing and archaeology. She has edited a number of series for The Child's World and is the author of ten books: five Countries: Faces and Places (Argentina, Cuba, France, Iraq, and The United States), two new Music Makers (Cellos, Stringed Instruments), two Holiday Symbols (Christmas Trees and Halloween Jack O'Lanterns), and one Naturebook (Fleas). She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialty in archaeology and environmental sciences. Kathy lives with her husband and an elderly dog and divides her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she is active in archaeological research.