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Emma's strange pet
Little, Jean, 1932-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Emma is allergic to animals with fur, but because she and her adopted brother really want a pet, they decide to try a lizard.
Reading Level:
260 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 72398.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 2 Quiz: 37172 Guided reading level: I.
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"All good pets have fur. Only strange pets have no fur." Emma's brother, Max, wants a dog. But he can't have one because Emma is allergic to furry animals. With her birthday just a few days away, Emma decides that she would like a pet for a present. After a trip to the store, Emma finds the perfect nonfurry animal. Will Max like his sister's strange pet too? Jean Little's heartening and subtly insightful tale about the ever-evolving relationship between siblings is underscored by Jennifer Plecas's captivating artwork.

Author Notes

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. Little grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels.

Little has written more than 25 children's books, and won a number of awards, including a Canadian Library Association (CLA) Book of the Year Medal and a Canada Council Children's Literature Award. Little has been writing children's books for almost forty years. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985. Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. In this I Can Read book, the words are simple but the story is complex, with several chapters and a fair amount of dialogue to challenge readers' skills. The story also gives readers something to think about beyond translating letters into words. Max wants a dog, but his sister, Emma, is allergic. A family visit to the pet store eventually solves the problem--a lizard seems the perfect pet--but lessons are learned about animal care and family relationships before the sweet ending occurs. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Despite her allergies, Emma wants a pet as a birthday gift. Her parents agree to her request-as long as she selects an animal without fur. Emma chooses a lizard, and she and her brother Max delight in its eating habits and changing color. When Emma realizes that Max is unhappy because he doesn't have his own pet, she convinces her father to get him a lizard. Little portrays real characters who bring everyday problems to satisfying conclusions. Simple, full-color line-and-watercolor illustrations do a great job of capturing expressions of confusion, worry, anger, and joy. An exceptional beginning reader.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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