Pets may t have words, but they do communicate. Paying attention to an animal's cues -a joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tail - can help a child understand what the animal is saying and what an appropriate response might be. That's part of what this book is about. But mostly it's about showing children how to love pets gently - because pets are for loving, after all. Kids learn that teasing isn't nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone else's pet, there's one important rule you should kw: Ask the owner first! A special section for adults includes ideas for teaching kindness to animals, activities, and discussion starters.
Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children. Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.