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Becoming best friends with your hamster, guinea pig, or rabbit
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c1997.
Physical Description:
64 p. : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Explains in detail how to care for hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits by providing an environment and diet similar to the ones they would enjoy in nature.


Material Type
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Book J 636.9 GUT 1 1

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Adorable animal drawings illustrate the baffling instinctive behaviors of common pets. This wonderful series of practical how-to guides will educate all young pet lovers.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6‘Two series titles that describe the physiology, behavior, and needs of these popular pets. Both books explain how the habits of these animals, both lovable and annoying, relate to their lives in the wild. Based on this understanding, the author delineates how youngsters can become responsible and loving pet owners. The lively and clearly written texts give specific information on housing, food, life span, and breeding. The colorful cartoon illustrations are amusing. Cat's includes a history of the association between felines and humans. Written on a higher reading level than the "ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids" series (DK), these informative and appealing titles will meet the needs of curious pet lovers.‘Jean Pollock, King Country Library System, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Informative, easy-to-read texts offer solid advice to young animal lovers about caring for these pets. Gutman discusses traits of each species, housing, feeding, breeding, the importance of cleanliness, dealing with illness, and knowing when to put an elderly or sick pet to sleep. Silly, cartoonlike illustrations show anthropomorphic animals lounging in easy chairs, using exercise equipment, and going to the dentist. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Exploring the instincts that domestic pets carry with them from their wild ancestors is one of the most engaging as well as one of the most beneficial aspects of these two books in the Pet Friends series. Because wild hamsters search for food in the early evening, for example, Gutman tells readers that that is the ideal time to feed their pet hamsters. Valid economic considerations are also weighed: after all, a large rabbit will cost more to maintain than a small one. Gutman's practical advice is laced with compassionate concerns for a pet's well-being as children are urged to show more attention to an aging cat that may no longer be as affectionate or playful as before but nonetheless continues to need love and care. Like Gutman's earlier series books on dog and bird care [BKL D 1 96], these informative titles make their content accessible through focused mini-chapters and Anne Canevari Green's delightful pen-and-ink cartoons that humorously portray animal characteristics. --Ellen Mandel