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Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
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Children Make Terrible Pets

by Peter Brown

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This is a very cute and funny story where a little bear finds a lost little boy and tries to make a pet of him. Hilarious things happen when she takes him home. ( )
  1Avidfan | Apr 26, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book because it was a fun twist on the story of bringing home a creature that is found in the wild. Instead of a boy bringing home an animal that he found in the wild, the bear brought home the boy. I liked that the book showed the responsibilities and friendship that come with taking care of a "pet", but it was also a good message when the bear realized that the boy belonged with his own kind and his own family. ( )
  efrenc2 | Sep 27, 2017 |
Children Make Terrible Pets is about a bear named Lucy who finds a child that she calls Squeaker. Lucy brings the boy home and begs her mom to keep him. By the end of the book Lucy learns that the boy belongs with his own family. ( )
  emmmyjane | Sep 15, 2017 |
This story teaches the reader that not all critters are cut for domestication. It’s a fun book to read. It has a twist to the real world where kids find pets and they want to adopt them. This makes a great story to teach children about responsibility. The author provides a kit that goes along with the story that could be used in a classroom.
  EstefaniaL | May 14, 2017 |
Lucille Beatrice Bear finds a boy in the woods and decides to adopt him as a pet in this hilarious picture-book from Peter Brown, the author/artist behind such classics as The Curious Garden and My Teacher Is a Monster. Although her mother warns her that children make terrible pets, Lucy persists in keeping Squeaker - so-named because of the squeaking noise he makes - and at first all seems well. But when Squeaker makes trouble, and then disappears, it seems that Lucy's mother's warning was on point...

An entertaining inversion of the usual "child wants to adopt wild animal" scenario, Children Make Terrible Pets gently drives home the point that certain creatures (like bears!) are simply not meant to be kept as pets, while also offering an engaging story in its own right. By making the child the pet, Brown allows young reader/listeners to think about what it really means to be separated from one's own natural family and kept by another species. As always with this author/artist's books, the illustrations, created using pencil and cut-paper, are immensely engaging. Recommended to all Peter Brown fans, and to anyone looking for creative and fun stories addressing the issue of responsible pet ownership and interaction with wild creatures. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 21, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316015482, Hardcover)

Check out this rollicking, humorous, and heartwarming twist on the classic "first pet" story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy!

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, "Children make terrible pets." But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker.

Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:51 -0400)

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.

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