Monday, February 10, 2020

Pets and Their Famous Humans by Ana Gallo & illustrated by Katherine Quinn [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 9783791374253
Hardcover $17.95
Ages 7-10, 48 pages
Prestel Publishing Ltd.
My thoughts:  Seemingly, the main portion of the title is "Pets" I, however, found this book to interestingly be a sort of biographic sketch of the "humans" relative to their pets. Some of the pets were rather exotic, wild creatures that we are extolled to not ever consider as critters that we should domesticate. However, these various animals, birds, etc. were inspirations to their famous owners, their humans, in their chosen professions.

The easy to read text is geared for middle elementary age students; but as an adult, I, too, found the short biographic sketches interesting. Readers will discover famous individuals and perhaps be encouraged to seek more information about their literature, art, and achievements.

I found the book interesting, informative, entertaining, and one I certainly can recommend for libraries everywhere.

About the book: 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 aI  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.
Begins February 11
Ends March 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA & CANADA addresses only
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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