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Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet (Read and Wonder) (Paperback)
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If you have a new dog companion—or want to adopt one—here’s a story full of facts that tells you everything you need to know.
There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. Follow along as they learn about bedding and bowls, treats and training, walks and washing—and even an unexpected dog show! Factual notes run alongside the simple story, offering tips that will help turn tentative dog adopters into doting experts.
About the Author
Amanda McCardie is the author of several books for young readers, most recently A Book of Feelings. She says, “Sophie is dear to my heart. She was the cheery, cheeky little dog I grew up with in real life.” Amanda McCardie lives in London.
Salvatore Rubbino is the award-winning illustrator of Just Ducks!, A Walk in London, A Walk in New York, and A Walk in Paris. He says, “I have always been fond of cats. But by studying dogs and watching their fascinating behavior, I now find that I love dogs, too!” Salvatore Rubbino lives in London.
A family lovingly adopts a dog with much preparation in this cheerful tale that's full of helpful hints for aspiring dog owners...Three cheers for Sophie! Perfect fuel for dog lovers' fires.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The illustrations, rendered in mixed media, are colorful and fun, with an added touch of whimsy...Ideal as a conversation starter for families contemplating adopting a dog, this will also serve as a handbook for the very young in the early stages of welcoming a furry addition to the family.
—School Library Journal
Rubbino’s speedy and informal watercolors move smoothly from focused vignettes to wide-open park spaces, and spotted Sophie beams with scruffy cheer. Wannabe pet owners will particularly appreciate the vicarious experience, and it will be a good step up to Calmenson’s May I Pet Your Dog?
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books