A deluxe hardcover bind-up of six sweet and charming, long-selling Picturebacks illustrated with full-color photographs by the renowned photographer Phoebe Dunn. The titles, all about newborn animals that become beloved pets, are: The Little Puppy, The Little Kitten, The Little Lamb, The Little Duck, The Little Pig, and The Little Rabbit. Readers learn how to care for these pets, and what happens when they're no longer little baby animals.
This book is a compilation of six "Little Animal" books originally printed in the 1970s and 1980s. Individual titles are The Little Lamb, The Little Puppy, The Little Kitten, The Little Rabbit, The Little Duck, and The Little Pig. Similar in plot, each of the sweet, old-fashioned stories is about a young animal that becomes a child's pet. World-renowned photographer Phoebe Dunn captures the "interactions and relationships" that develop between the children and their pets. Although the photographs seem dated due to the clothing worn by the children shown, young readers will nevertheless be able to relate to them. The text is rather long-winded for reading to the intended age group, and parents might find themselves paraphrasing to shorten each story. Likewise, the early elementary teacher may find the stories to be too wordy; still, the book is useful for the pictures, especially when introducing a unit about farm animals and pets. Nevertheless, I would not recommend this book for the elementary librarian; it would be better to order a couple of the individual titles than this collection. Reviewer: Chris Newsham