Sunday, February 9, 2020

Welcome in Spring with Pets and Their Famous Humans, an Illustrated Collection of Pet-Related Stories for Kids of All Ages -- Arrives in Stores on April 21st (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


My oldest daughter is a huge animal lover, so much so that one day she hopes to become a vet, as well as adopt and fill a house with animals, like Dr. Doolittle. :-)  In the meantime, she fills her free time learning all she can about animals reading books and watching documentaries on television about them.  So, when I was sent an email recently to see if I wanted to review the upcoming Pets and Their Famous Humans, I jumped at the opportunity, as I knew my girls, especially my oldest daughter, will have a blast reading this book.  And, that did, the other day, when an advanced copy arrived at our door.  In under a half hour, the girls had read this hardcover illustrated collection of stories that introduced the girls to some of the most famous people in history, and their beloved pets.  

Did you know that Frida Kahlo had a fawn named Granizo at a pet?  Or, that Wolfgand Amadeus Mozart had a feathered imitator named Starling?  These are just two of the famous humans and their pets that kids (and adults) will be introduced to in this upcoming release.  I really like how this book is set up, with one full color illustration of the famous person and their beloved pet, and an adjacent page that shared not only about that person's pet, but also gives a short paragraph about the famous person, in case kids didn't know who they were.  Like I said, my girls whipped through this book, and kept coming over to me to show me the different pets each famous person had.  Many people had dogs as pets, but others like Frida had some unusual pets, that I, myself, was unaware of.  That is why this would be a great book to pick up and read together with your kids, as you will both learn some interesting things about famous people in history including their pets.  This is definitely one book my girls will be pulling from the bookshelf time and time again, to read and enjoy.

About this book:

"In Pets and Their Famous Humans by Ana Gallo and illustrated by Katherine Quinn (4/21/20; ISBN: 978-3791374253; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 7-10; 48 pages), a charmingly illustrated collection of pet-related stories, children will find out about some of history's most important scientists, artists, writers, and musicians and their beloved animals.

Did you know that Mozart's pet starling was the inspiration for his Piano Concerto No. 17? Or that writer Dorothy Parker loved animals so much she let a pair of alligators swim in her bathtub? These are just a couple of the stories in this delightful and surprising collection that profiles the strong bond between humans and their pets. Some of these stories are touching: Frida Kahlo memorialized her pet deer Granizo in her painting The Wounded Deer. Some are a little quirky: Albert Einstein, convinced that his parrot, Bibo, was sad, told bad jokes to cheer the bird up. Each of these wonderfully entertaining stories is made even more appealing by Katherine Quinn's captivating illustrations. Rich in detail and reminiscent of folk art, they capture the humor and poignancy of these fascinating pairings. Together these stories and illustrations will create lasting impressions that will help young readers identify historic figures and spark joy in friendships with the animals in their own lives."

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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