The Perfect Pet (Arbordale Publishing , 2013)

Writing and illustrating The Perfect Pet was one of my favorite projects. Illustrated in soft pastels, I loved finding animals to include on each page. It’s a book designed for 3rd – 5th graders, as it goes through the various animal classifications. Here’s the scoop on the story itself:

After begging for a pet, a child’s mother finally says “yes.” But which animal will be the best pet? Using animal classification and habitat needs, the child narrows it down from Kingdom Animalia, through invertebrates to vertebrates. Reptiles and amphibians are out, and birds and fish are soon off the list. That leaves mammals, but which one? An elephant won’t fit through the door, and a tiger would be too hard to walk. What’s a child to do?


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