Thursday, February 9, 2017

Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your Very First Pet by Amanda McCardie illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino [Review & Giveaway US/CANADA - 2 winners]

ISBN: 9780763689483
Ages 3 - 7 Hardcover
My thoughts: This is a cute book with lively illustrations that convey the joy and excitement that comes from bringing a dog into the home and life of a child. When the little girl is four, her family brings a dog into the home. The fictional story is actually a "this is what you do" type of story where the young girl and her family go through important things to know and do in regard to having a dog in your home.

Along with the actual story (centered on the pages) there are tidbits of factual instruction in smaller print along the top, bottom and sides of the pages.

At the back of the book there is a short indexed list of key words and a short list of additional reading that might be helpful. This is probably a good book for families with young children to read through if they are interested in adopting, buying, or being given a dog of their very own. It will help in understanding the temperment and care of a dog.

I recommend for homes and libraries everywhere.

About the book: 
There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. Follow along as they learn about bedding and bowls, treats and training, walks and washing—and even an unexpected dog show! Factual notes run alongside the simple story, offering tips that will help turn tentative dog adopters into doting experts.
2 winners each receive a copy
Begins February 10
ENDS March 3 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA & CANADA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated. Giveaway copy is provided by Candlewick and sent by them directly to the winner.


  1. 1. I would tell kids to always be gentle with animals.
    2. (i) I would love to own all sorts of Candlewick books! (ii) Whatever you think would be good to review is fine--Candlewick has so many good books!

  2. I would tell them to show the dog love so he won't be scared at first.

  3. (1) One other picture book you would like to have - The Lonely Giant
    (2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera -- The Tree

  4. 1/ I also would love to have and read "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" to my son
    2/ "The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat" is the book I would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera :)
    Thank You for the chance!

    Fiona N

  5. That dog's are a responsibility.


  6. I think it is important that young children realize that pets are real, living creatures - not toys.

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  7. 1. I'd like to have the book Love.

    2. I'd like for you to review the book The Tree.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  8. I think the most important thing is to emphasize her responsibility in keeping the dog well, safe, and thriving.

  9. As a pet rescue and foster mom, I luv the message in this book! Shared #ProductReviewParty

  10. I would make sure they understand the responsibility of taking care of an animal.

  11. I would like this book reviewed. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
    author: Martin W. Sandler
    I think I would also most like that one to read.

  12. I think it's important to let a child know when bringing home a dog that for a dog to be happy it needs to be taken care of properly, played with and loved.

  13. 1) I'd also love to own the Bee & Me book.
    2) I'd like for you to review the A Lullaby for Little One book.


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