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The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

by Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

Published by Atheneum, 2013
36 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒169-75953

Ages 5-8

揅an I have a pet? When the narrator of this humorous collection of poems asks that question, her scientist parents ask her to formulate a query, conduct research, and reach a conclusion regarding what type of pet to get. Her query: 揥hat is the best pet for me? To collect information, she visits a farm and a zoo. She treks through the woods. She borrows some beasties to try out at home. This playful riff on scientific research is told through poems that document the girl抯 observations and conclusions about a wide range of animals. Verse that is light on fact and heavy on humor nonetheless collectively models the scientific process, albeit with a tongue-in-cheek spirit that is echoed in the illustrations. As for the girl抯 conclusion regarding what pet to get? 揗y research found / that all around / tiny animals abound / They need no care. / They need no fuss. / They抮e not aware / that there is us / I go to Mom and Dad with hope: / 慚ay I have a microscope?挃  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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