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IT'S RAINING PUPS AND DOGS by Jeanne Prevost

IT'S RAINING PUPS AND DOGS

By Jeanne Prevost (Author) , Amelia Hansen (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: May 14th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-940719-16-3
Publisher: Gryphon Press

An understanding dad shows his daughter why it’s best for their dog not to have puppies in this well-meaning, earnest story about pet overpopulation.

Lauren is an African-American girl about 11 or 12 years old who desperately wants her young female dog to have at least one litter of puppies. Her parents don’t agree, so Lauren is alternately sad and angry when her dog returns from surgery after being spayed. Lauren’s wise father first tells his daughter about the high number of unwanted dogs and then shows her by taking her to a dog shelter. The shelter attendant shows them long rows of appealing dogs waiting for adoption, and Lauren asks to volunteer at the shelter to play with the dogs. The text includes several vague references to dogs that are unadoptable due to their difficult previous circumstances and to dogs staying at the shelter “all their short lives,” but euthanasia is not explained within the story. A concluding note intended for parents and other adults gives information about unwanted dogs, euthanasia and puppy mills as well as additional sources.

It’s a sensitive introduction to a difficult topic, but parents should be ready for difficult questions. (author’s note, additional sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9)