Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. Paying attention to an animals cuesa joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tailcan help a child understand what the animal is "saying" and what an appropriate response might be. Thats part of what this book is about. But mostly its about showing children how to love pets gentlybecause pets are for loving, after all. Kids learn that teasing isnt nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone elses pet, theres one important rule you should know: Ask the owner first! A special section for adults includes ideas for teaching kindness to animals, activities, and discussion starters.
Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children.
Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a childrens book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.
"Teaching very young people that pets are living creatures and not toys is of utmost importance. Tails Are Not for Pulling is a fun book sure to be enjoyed by parents, their childrenand their pets!"
Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo, Host, "Jack Hannas Animal Adventures"
ASPCA Henry Bergh Childrens Book Award, Winner
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