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Birthday Pet, The

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"It was Danny s Birthday and his folks said he could get any kind of animal he wanted for a pet. Danny thought it over before he went to bed. All I really want is a turtle, he said." But instead, his family gets him a dog, a kitten, a rat, and a bird. Danny shakes his head after each gift is offered until he finally receives the present he s wished for all along. Accompany

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Two Lions
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Erin Reda
The book The Birthday Pet is about a little boy named Danny who wants a pet turtle for his birthday. His family thinks that turtles are boring so they end up getting him something else first a dog, then a cat, then a bird, and a rat. They keep getting him all these different things but there's always something he doesn't like about the pet that he's given. He keeps saying but all I want is a turtle. In the end he end up getting the turtle that he always wanted and can't wait to show his class fo ...more
Oh my word. He gets a TURTLE for his birthday!? Brilliant. This book was made for my birthday-theme storytime. :-) (Not that I want a real turtle, mind you, but all the same...) I think this will be a fun story to add to the theme, especially the way it goes about getting Danny's present. I like seeing how all the family chips in and how each pet goes with the characters' personalities. There was rhyming to keep the text going, but sometimes it was a bit off. Oh well. I hope this will be a good ...more
Dominique Maderitz
The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick was silly and relatable at the same time. I really enjoyed how the little boy could have any pet he wanted and he just wanted a turtle. His mom, dad and other people in his family insisted he get a different animal. I thought it was funny how every animal bothered the birthday boy in some way. I liked how the little boy finally got what he wanted at the end and could not be more happy. The image at the end with each family member struggling with the animal the ...more
Meg McGregor
A little boy knows that he wants a turtle for a pet. But his well meaning family thinks he needs other animals and get him a dog, cat, rat, and bird.

I was afraid this book was going to say it was okay to keep getting pets and returning them. I am glad to see that the family kept all the pets.
Oct 18, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very cute story about finding the perfect pet for you. This little boy does a lot of research and knows just what pet he wants for his birthday. His family insists on giving him their own perfect pets, but in the end, everyone is happy.

It's a terrific story to read aloud, with a suspenseful rhyme that alludes to the next pet. Our girls happily finished the rhyme for me as we read it aloud and I can imagine that this would work well for a storytime with a larger group, too. The illustr
Kristin Carlson
A lighthearted and fun story to read to the students and connect to them. You can talk to the students about presents that they have gotten for the birthday and how they felt about them. The students love to share about presents that they have gotten and even bring them in and show them. Who knows what kind of stories the students will tell about presents that they have gotten. Expanding off of just talking about it you can have the students write about a gift they want or can give to someone.
Cute book about a boy who is promised any pet he wants for his birthday. His family doesn't like his choice of a turtle, so they try to convince him to get other pets, but he sticks to his guns. I love books about people who hold on to their own opinions despite opposition. Maybe this isn't the most important thing in the world, but it matters to the boy, so he stands up for what he wants. Plus, turtles are awesome. Normally I am annoyed by rhyming books, but this one wasn't overt and the rhymes ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children and picture book writers
Recommended to Sheri by: picture book librarian
Love this book about the pet given as a birthday present. This little boy knows what he wants but no one listens to him. So he struggles with a number of pets until they finally give him what he requested all along. Cute and rhyming but no rhythmic pattern. New author I hadn't read any books by.
Lauren Birch
A determined little boy who knows exactly what he wants for his birthday, a turtle. His family however does not seem to want that for him. His mother, brother, sister, and father give him every type of pet there is except his turtle that he desperately needs.
Danny gets to pick any pet he wants for his birthday. He decides he wants a turtle but every time some in his family asks him what pet he wants they ignore his answer and get him a different pet. This funny story is cute and has a lot of fun rhymes.
A boy gets a pet for his birthday. He wants a turtle. His father buys him a dog. He wants a turtle. His mother buys him a cat...etc. Finally, the boy's family listens to him and buys him the birthday pet he's been hoping for.

Illustrations are humorous.
Christine Turner
Danny can have a pet for his birthday and he knows exactly what he wants, but the other members of his family think differently.

This would be a good book for storytime. Large illustrations and a good story.

Great illustrations. Good inferencing with picture clues for the next pet. A nice story to show that we don't always need to be like everyone else.
What is the best kind of pet? What would be your favorite pet? Why? These and so many more questions were asked about this story. Wonderful sharing story!
this book lends itself to being used for: pets, water fun, animals, listening, families - all these themes. Preschoolers enjoyed the tale, parents, too.
This was OK and I was glad to see the author was a 2nd grade teacher from Loveland, CO. I liked Kevin O'Malley's illustrations but didn't love them.
Maren Prestegaard
Written by a elementary teacher. The rhymes are good. Maren LOVED it. Book was recommended by Children's Country Day.
most of the book rhymes. Kids can predict what word will be on the next page and participate. Also touches on family.
Danie P.
Picture book about birthdays/pets in short rhyming sentences. Good for a preschool or even toddler storytime.
I've read this before, but thought I would review it as a pretty darn good storytime book.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
The boy is SO CUTE when he dresses up like the turtle he wants for his birthday.
Mary Ann
This is a lesson that we all need to learn; listen to those we love and care for!
perfect for kindegarten/beginning first grade with anticipatory rhyming
"pets, turtles, family, listening, possible storytime"
Humorous and a great rhyming text.
Rhyming text done well.
Jun 27, 2009 Carrie added it
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What a cute story
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