Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Puppies and Kittens by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris

Parental confession: once when my Kiddo was a little girl, she asked me how many time a cat takes a bath everyday.  Not knowing the answer, and not having learned to say I don't know yet, I told they bathed 67 times a day, whether they needed to or not.

Well, not my proudest moment, but if that happened today, I would have simply given my Kiddo this lovely picture book that tells you all about kittens and puppies.  Puppies and Kittens is part of the Scholastic Discover More series of nonfiction information books for kids to explore the world around them.

In Puppies and Kittens, kids are introduced to these adorable baby animals from birth, giving all kinds of information about what they can do, what they need, how they grow up and play.  For each animal, there is a little cycle of development up to the point when they can leave their mothers.  For instance, did you know that dogs don't bark until the are 2-3 weeks old, but kittens can purr at 2 days old?

These is also a section for understanding what your dog or cat is trying to tell you by behavior - things like a puppy wags its tail when it is happy while a kitten purrs for the same reason.

The most important section is on caring for a new puppy and the important of good training with emphasis on the use of a leash to keep a puppy safe.

The book is loaded with photographs of the cutest puppies and kittens of all different breeds, and is printed on heavy paper, perfect for the young readers who are to want to read this book over and over.  And as with all of the Discover More series, there is a 27 page free digital book that can be downloaded, which not only gives more information and vocabulary words, but also includes games, activities and all kinds of learning fun using puppies and kittens.

This is a great book for young kids, whether you already have a pet, are thinking about giving a rescue puppy or kitten a forever home or even if you have no pets, but you do have a child who likes them.  And, with its large text and simple words, it is a wonderful beginner book for new readers.

This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was obtained from the publisher

This is book 3 of my 2013 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy


  1. Sounds like a good book to share with young ones when discussing the implications of having and taking care of a pet.

  2. I have this in mind for my two little granddaughters. Their cat recently had kittens, so I think it’s the perfect book at the perfect time.

  3. I love that there is a part about training the pet!


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