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MAY I PET YOUR DOG by Stephanie Calmenson


The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)

by Stephanie Calmenson & illustrated by Jan Ormerod

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 16th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-51034-4
Publisher: Clarion

Harry is a cheerful and friendly long-haired dachshund who serves as the first-person narrator for this thoughtful look at the best way for a child to meet dogs. In clear prose and simple sentences, Harry explains to a little boy how to approach an unfamiliar dog and its owner, always pausing to ask the owner if the dog can be petted before getting too close. As Harry and the boy meet other dogs and their owners, the child learns appropriate questions and actions that lead to making new canine friends, as well as what to do when a strange dog is unfriendly. The key questions from the child and answers from the owners are repeated in color-coded speech balloons within the simple watercolor illustrations, which show a variety of dog breeds, sizes and temperaments. An introductory note to adults and a concluding spread offers additional safety tips, and an author’s note provides the story of the author’s own dog, a rescued dachshund also named Harry. Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)