Getting a dog can be a wonderful moment in a family's life--or the beginning of a bad situation for everyone. In Are You Ready for Me? engaging text and colorful, detail-filled pictures describe the responsibilities and joys of dog ownership in the lives of two children. A dog and a pup waiting to be chosen at an animal adoption center pose questions that show what it will mean to bring a dog into one's family.
The book's final page offers a We Are Ready to Have a Dog Contract with questions to check off; children and parents together will be able to decide whether they really are ready. A link to The Gryphon Press website offers bonuses, including a Ready for Dog Ownership Certificate and even an award certificate for children who are mature enough to realize that they and a dog are not a good match at this point in the child's life.
Are You Ready for Me? is a book that every dog-loving family will want to own. Parents and grandparents will enjoy giving the book as a delightful way to lead up to both the exhilarating moment of adoption and a lifetime of mutual happiness.
Claire Buchwald, author of four children's picture books, including Max Talks to Me (The Gryphon Press, 2007), has a PhD in communications and works to promote children's creativity.
Artist Amelia Hanson has illustrated twenty previous titles, including At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy (The Gryphon Press, 2006).
About the Author
Claire Buchwald, the author of four children's picture books, including Max Talks to Me (The Gryphon Press, 2007), has a Ph.D. in communications and works to promote children's creativity. Artist Amelia Hansen is the much-honored illustrator of It's Raining Cats and Cats! Are You Ready for Me? and At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy, all Gryphon Press titles, as well as nineteen other books exploring the connections between people, animals, and the earth. If she's not in her studio, you may find Amelia painting outdoors, riding her bike, walking with friends, or hanging out with her husband, cats, chickens and bees.