There’s nothing quite like curling up with book. And, for a lot of us, there’s noting quite like curling up with our pet. Sometimes, even, the pets in our books can feel just as comfortable and familiar as our very own. There are several tales from my childhood in which I can remember a pet that was as important to me as the story. One of my favorite books, Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger (1984, Penguin), tells the story of how the moon begins, each night, as a pearl on Grandfather Twilight’s strand. The pearl grows and grows as he carries it to the sea, where he eventually releases it into the sky as the moon. On nearly every page, he is followed by a dog. This dog, in particular, appears to be loyal, kind, and wonderfully, wonderfully soft. Perhaps you can remember a favorite picture book pet, too.
Here are a couple of memorable pets from some very memorable books. Most of these books feature dogs, but there are a couple of animal surprises. Can you tell us which picture book all of these pets come from?
Check back at the end of the week for answers!