Author: Cathleen Daly
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 32 Pages (June 21st, 2011)
Age Range: 4 - 7
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Synopsis: Prudence wants a pet. Desperately. “No,” says Dad, “pets cost too much to keep.”
“No,” says Mom, “pets make noise.”But Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a…branch. But Branch isn't exactly the pet of her dreams, and neither are Twig, Mr. Round (a car tire), or her baby brother Milo. Poor Prudence. Will she ever find the perfect pet?
Review: 4 Stars - Prudence Wants a Pet By: Cathleen Daly, Illustrated By: Stephen Michael King is a fantastic story about an extremely imaginative little girl who goes out of her way to create her own pet when her parents tell her the many reasons why she can’t have one. So, Prudence finds things – a branch, twig and a tire to name a few – and turns them into a pet. I loved the names for the various “pets” she finds out of random things throughout her day. Never knowing what she might find next as a “pet” was fantastic and my nieces now have fun announcing each item Prudence finds along the way throughout the book. The only thing I found a little harsh, hence the 4 stars, were her parents. Not sure why they had to be a bit on the mean side, but they were. At least they changed in the end when Prudence’s birthday came around. All in all, this is a great book to get kids imaginations going! I loved sharing it with my nieces and it’s been a go-to book for them many times. The illustrations are brilliant and added a touch of whimsy to a seriously cute character.
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