Owen, Ann. 2004. CARING FOR YOUR PETS:
A BOOK ABOUT VETERINARIANS. Ill
by EricThomas. Minneapolis:Picture
CARING FOR YOUR PETS is a picture book that describes what a veterinarian
does. It gives examples as to why vets are important and how they help care for animals. There is a term glossary
and index in the book. The referral list is my favorite because it refers the reader to more material and information
about veterinarians. This is a great book to help educate children about when pets should see the vet. The pictures
help reinforce the text by showing different types of animals that vets help take care of. The illustrations of the
veterinarians in the white coats can remind children that vets are doctors for pet. The illustrator uses representational
art- the drawings are very realistic so that the reader can identify the various animals and the vets as people. There
is informational and experiential benefits of reading Owen's picture book. It is a concept book because it teaches about
the tasks of a veterinarian.
The large, colorful illustrations provide stimulation to the reader.
However, the illustrator was careful not to make the illustrations too scary- especially when mentioning that the vet's work
can be dangerous. The illustrations show pleasant expressions on the vets' and animals' faces. The animals appear
to be very calm and not in pain.
Although most of the vocabulary is simple, there are a few difficult
words used throughout the book such as, veterinarian,and animal hospital. Luckily, the author included a "words
to know" glossary with a pronunciation key and definitions. There is familiar content of the book because
it is about pet care and most children have pets.
The author uses some dialogue in the story to communicate
with the reader. For example, a child in the story comforts her pet after the vet gives the pet a shot,
"that wasn't so bad, was it Cookie?" This not only assures the reader that they can help the vet comfort the pet,
but the speech is also assuring the reader that it is realistic.
All the pictures reinforce the text, showing the smiling vet check
the pets' ears, teeth, heartbeat, etc. The readers see what the text describes. Realism style is used as a true
reproduction of people and pets featured in the story.The story teaches about life and what it would be like to be a veterinarian.
The visual appeal helps the reader determine what type of
book it is. The cover features a veterinarian hugging a horse - both the vet and the horse appear to be smiling.
The title page entails a vet and several children all smiling and all holding smiling pets.
The mood of the story is depicted from the bright, colorful pictures
used in the story. It appears to be innocent and caring. Also, the illustrator was wise in the fact that no background
objects are used in the illustrations- the reader's focuse is right where the author and illustrator intend, on the veterinarian,
pets, and the children characters.
Caring for your Pets central idea is to teach about the role of
a vet and why it is important to take pets to the animal hospital. The book serves as a nice connector to children and
their understandings of how pets can be cared for. The characters are also believable.