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May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-To Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) Hardcover – 16 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618510346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618510344
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Straightforward guidelines and a positive, encouraging tone make this book appealing and practical."

"Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging."

"Dachshund Harry leads the youngest readers through every step of kid-meets-dog etiquette." Horn Book, Starred
"Straightforward guidelines and a positive, encouraging tone make this book appealing and practical." School Library Journal
"Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

Jan Ormerod (1946 2013) was an award-winning author who grew up in Western Australia. As a child Jan drew constantly, and she eventually went on to attend art school and study drawing, painting, and sculpture. During her career Jan published more than fifty books, including "Sunshine", "Lizzie Nonsense", "Water Witcher", and "Maudie and Bear". Her work, which resonated with young children and adults alike, won many prestigious awards and received much acclaim.


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I was impressed this is a good quality hardback. The illustrations are sweet and the text is gentle and fun to read.

This book isn’t aimed specifically at children scared of dogs but has lots of dog-meeting etiquette and general good advice on how to approach a dog, which would also be good if your child was too eager to cuddle animals they were unfamiliar with.

My grandson was very interested in the book and, even after several reads with me, he took it to his Mum to read yet again. This book was a winner.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea 5 Jan. 2008
By L. Barthle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I work in a vet hospital and constantly watch children walk up to dogs they don't know and nearly get harmed because the dog is a aggressive, sick, injured, or just too playful. These are things that every child should learn about and this book should be in every child's home.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be read to every preschooler & by everyone! 6 May 2007
By Autumn Renne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The number of children being bit by dogs is astronomical. This could be drastically reduced, by showing children (& adults) the right way to approach a dog. A child's only experience may be with a friendly dog, or her own dog. Many dogs see an unknown child running up & reaching out at them as a threat and become fearful &/or aggressive. Both responses can cause a dog to bite. Dog bites and attacks can leave lasting physical and emotional scars on a child. Please, read this to your toddler, to your kindergarten class, to any child you are in contact with. Tell everyone you know, that dog bites can be significantly reduced, IF when we see a dog, we know to STOP, ASK the owner if you can pet their dog & only then approach the dog in a non-threatening way. This book is an awesome tool to intruct this information.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for the pet-less family 2 Nov. 2007
By J. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book when my son was two and a half and going to
spend sometime at Granny's with her dachshund. He is
so abusive to our cat that I was a bit concerned about what he
might do to her old pooch when she was in the other room.
This book was great. He asked me to read it every day for
two weeks, and when we go out to the park, even though
he is terribly shy with adults, he will ask dog owners diligently,
"May I Pet Your Dog?" before approaching.
The book was well worth the price because I don't worry
about him messing around with strange dogs now.
And it's really a cute book. It won't give your kids
nightmares about saber-toothed dobermans. Mostly,
it teaches etiquette and respect for animals.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept... very useful 6 Sept. 2007
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A straightforward primer to show small children the safest way to meet and approach strange dogs. Although this doesn't provide much in the way of dramatic storytelling, it does offer very practical information, in a way that may appeal to kids. Ask the owners first; show the dog your hand and let them sniff it before you try petting them; pet dogs from the side, not over their heads; pay attention to warning signs like crouching or growling, and don't make direct eye contact with an angry or anxious dog. As a narrative, this is pretty clunky, but even if you only get one or two readings out of it, the information they impart will be very valuable. Good for parents, too! (ReadThatAgain!)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 25 July 2007
By astorybookyear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We got this book for our 3-year old daughter (who loved dogs) - and it has been wonderful. There are some great pointers in here about how to approach dogs so that they feel comfortable with you, and you are (consequently) safer interacting with them. She loves the book, and she puts the lessons in there to work with our dogs all the time.
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