Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teaching Children Respect for Animals...

Visitors to my Facebook and Google Plus pages often see posts with animals. Sometimes funny, frequently poetic, and often reminders that our furry friends have rights and feelings, too.




A love, value, respect, and responsibility for animals and their rights begins at an early age. Listed below are some releases in children's books, aimed at friendships between little ones and animals. By reinforcing a bond, and teaching children to have a regard for animals and their welfare, children also learn to respect, appreciate, and forge friendships with other children.



Lola Gets a Cat
by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw



Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.

Buy Links:

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Lola-Gets-Cat-Anna-McQuinn/dp/1580897363/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lola-gets-a-cat-anna-mcquinn/1123809815

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lola-Gets-Cat/Anna-McQuinn/9781580897365


Friends
by Aiko Ikegami



A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn’t speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend—a squirrel! Then a rabbit joins them. Soon the girl’s fuzzy woodland friends are followed by human ones and school becomes more fun! When a surprising new student joins the class, the girl and her new friends know just how to make him feel at home.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Friends-Aiko-Ikegami/dp/0807525502/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friends-aiko-ikegami/1122642862

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Friends/Aiko-Ikegami/9780807525500


Lucy loves Sherman
by Catherine Bailey and Meg Walters



Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. And he smells like the ocean! Unfortunately, Nana is not hooked on the idea of a pet lobster.

Things only get worse when Lucy meets Chef Pierre and discovers that Sherman’s fate is on a plate! She must rescue Sherman, even if it means getting into hot water with all the grownups. So Lucy takes action. But will the efforts of one little girl be enough to save Sherman from the bib and butter?

As humorous as it is inspiring, Lucy Loves Sherman explores an unlikely, yet utterly charming friendship, and the challenge and thrill of finding your voice and being an activist.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Loves-Sherman-Catherine-Bailey/dp/1634507053/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucy-loves-sherman-catherine-bailey/1123362564

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lucy-Loves-Sherman/Catherine-Bailey/9781634507059


Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo




Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.

Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.


Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Strictly-No-Elephants-Lisa-Mantchev/dp/1481416472/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strictly-no-elephants-lisa-mantchev/1121191063

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Strictly-No-Elephants/Lisa-Mantchev/9781481416474


Have a good week, Everyone!


(wolf photo c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)

14 comments:

  1. I am loving all the book recs and have actual read a few to the Royals.

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    1. Please let me know if one of the Royals wants to bring home a lobster for a pet (smile!). Thanks for visiting, Kim.

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    2. Ha, yes Sophia did after we read it. I happened to share that one on the blog.

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    3. You know, now, that your reading time with her is making an impression. Yay, Sophia!!!

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  2. Hi, Angela! The book covers are adorable. Long ago, I heard how a boy treats his pets are how he will treat his girlfriend. You should see mine cuddle theirs. LOL

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    1. I'm sure Handsome passed along lots of good tips, too (smile!). Thanks, Vicki, for visiting today.

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  3. You always hit on wonderful books for children to read. I think a great deal of how children treat animals comes from what they see their parents doing. That picture of a wolf is great. It looks so much like the Siberian Husky we had. Loved that dog.

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    1. The adorable wolf is one of the "residents" at Wolf Sanctuary in upstate PA. The staff at Wolf Sanctuary does a great job of taking care of the wolves who can no longer survive in the wild! Thanks, Marion, for visiting today.

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  4. You make such a great point about animals. In fact, until I followed you on Google+, I had no idea you were a lover of animals, which is so wonderful. It definitely starts at a young age that kids respect animals and treat them well. It seems that every time we see a serial killer on television, he or she harmed animals in some manner. I really enjoy the examples of books you've chosen and need to grab one two for my grandbaby. Happy Monday! Hugs...

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    1. Just be careful with the "Lucy Loves Sherman" book. You many find yourself taking home a pet lobster (smile!). Thanks so much, RO, for stopping by today.

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  5. Respect for animals should be done with sincerity and kindness, and what better way to start than by teaching the little ones how to treat them. Very insightful post and the books seem lovely to read. Greetings.

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    1. You have shared some very wise words with your comment, Blogoratti. Thank you for visiting today.

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  6. Now you have got your dog a suitable kennel or a dog run, what is your dog doing when it is not exercising? I browsed through quite a bit dog beds with all sorts of design and style.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and sharing today.

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