When Isaac gets home from school, he has a surprise. Not only is his Bubbe (grandmother) visiting to take care of him, but she brought him a gift: two pet goldfish. Isaac loves his gift ... until his friends start talking about their pets and how great they are. Some have pets you can play with, like a cat, dog, and mouse; and Oni's parrot talks.
At first Isaac is sad that he can't "do" anything with his goldfish, but then he has an idea. He invites all of his friends and their pets over to the house for a backyard zoo. While he enjoys everyone's pets, in the end, Isaac decides he likes his goldfish best.
If you want a book about kids getting or having pets, get this one. What I like most about this story is how it quietly (but obviously) contrasts and compares the pros and cons of each pet (dog, cat, parrot, mouse, fish). Yes, each of the characters loves their pet, but now your reader has information to see whether a particular animal would be a pet they want - and the risks of having that pet.
We've read quite a few books about getting a pet over the years, and this one sets itself apart from the others as unique and valuable. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Kids who love their pet - or the idea of pets - will enjoy Isaac's story.
If you don't have a pet - but are thinking about it - use this book to open discussions. For each pet the story presents the pros and cons, as well as explains the responsibility of keeping that pet. This can be a great discussion guide.
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