Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

If you’re a fan of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo, you’re going to love the similarly themed book, Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets, by Charlotte Voake. Melissa and her pals all have some rather interesting pets that create major problems for their unsuspecting owners. Melissa’s octopus is lovely, but: “You should see the mess he makes in the bathroom!” Poor Peter has a big, heavy elephant that doesn’t do so well inside a house: “Sometimes he’s upstairs…and he ends up downstairs by mistake.” Oops!

This book has the potential to be a fantastic discussion-starter. When you’re finished, talk to your kids about what animals make good pets and why. You can even come up with a list of characteristics of an ideal pet. If you want to get fancy, try turning this into an art project by drawing or creating animals and lining them up from most to least desirable as a pet.

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