Life as the middle sister can be tough, especially when your big sister is pretty and very very smart. It’s even tougher when your Mom is a waitress a...moreLife as the middle sister can be tough, especially when your big sister is pretty and very very smart. It’s even tougher when your Mom is a waitress and you have to teach everything you know to your little sister – even the things you don’t know.
PK is the middle sister, between Megan and Rabbit. Even though Megan is now “almost-a-teenager” and Rabbit is starting Kindergarten, everything seems to be going fine – until their Mom decides that they need to move into a bigger apartment. Suddenly everything PK knows and relies on is going to be left behind. The Big Blue Chair that they loved as if it were a family pet is too big to fit into the new apartment with the new sleeper sofa, and the built in hamper where all of PK’s magical stories come from – can’t come with them either. How can a new wicker basket hold all of the stories? It’s full of holes and all the stories would fall out!
“Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe” is a sweet story about three little girls having to move and make what they consider a major life change. Told through the eyes of PK, we see how the girls learn not only to accept change, but also to learn how each of them is special in their own way. Though the voice of the story is young and the tale is geared toward 9-11 year olds, there are some large words that may require a lot of sounding out and some parental help defining. I don’t know of many young children who know what “repast” is. Even though they may have some difficulty with some of the words, I believe that most children will be able to identify with the characters and enjoy the book. This book will appeal mainly to girls, though if they are able to look past the three sisters as the main characters, boys may enjoy it as well since PK is a bit of a tomboy.
There is some talk of hormones and mention of a uterus as a female body part and it’s having to do with “becoming a woman” – though it is not fully explained. If you are against your child reading about that then you have been warned. There is nothing explicit nor will your child come away with any additional knowledge on that topic, but it may illicit questions that you will want to have answers for before they get to that point.
This is a sweet book that many kids can identify with and will enjoy reading. (less)
I had previously owned 3 ferrets, who were quite a wonderful business to have. Now that I am a Stepmom, I am considering getting a ferret for my son....moreI had previously owned 3 ferrets, who were quite a wonderful business to have. Now that I am a Stepmom, I am considering getting a ferret for my son. I called the local ferret rescue and spoke with the woman for about an hour discussing what we were looking for and what she had. She informed me that she would feel much happier if I purchased this book and read it with my son since it has been over 10 years since I have owned a ferret.
I purchased the book used and my 7 year old and I sat down and read a chapter a night. On this whole, this was a very good beginner’s guide to owning a ferret, though I did have some minor problems with it. The over all information was fairly accurate and should give someone who has no clue what they are getting into, a better idea of what a ferret is.
What I would have liked to have seen that wasn’t there: 1) This book reads an awful lot like a sales pitch, extolling the virtues of ferrets. Though I personally love them, they really are not the right pet for everyone, and I feel that a much more unbiased reality check on what a ferret is and is not should have been included to deter people from getting a pet that would not be right for them. The book glosses over the scent issue, saying “its not and worse than a dog or cat” well sorry to say, ferrets have a VERY distinct, musky odor and the room you keep them in is going to have that smell. It didn’t bother me all that much, but I had friends who wouldn’t even enter that room in my home when I had them in college. And I cleaned their litter box daily and cage weekly. 2) The Poo factor – ferrets create a LOT of poo, and unlike a cat, they aren’t going to bury it so you need to scoop out their box daily. Also they like to dig, so there is a good chance that they will play in their litter box and you will find poo on the floor around the cage. 3) The colored poo factor – The book tells you that you can feed your ferrets cat food, which you can, but nowhere does it mention that if there is dye in the cat food their poo will contain all of the dye (I thought mine were dying because their poo was neon red) also the dye WILL stain anything the poo touches. 4) Deafness – Many ferrets with white heads are deaf, I had one, it wasn’t a problem for me, but we didn’t know he was deaf for a long time. 5) Baby ferrets WILL nip, you have to teach them not to, and it’s not as easy as they imply in the book. 6) Ferrets have no fear and will commit suicide if you aren’t careful. They will climb your bookcase and leap from the top, they will get under your oven, and they will end up in your neighbors apartment by climbing through a hole in the back of your cabinets that you didn’t know was there. They CANNOT be left unattended – EVER. 7) There should have been a chapter on how to make appropriate toys for you ferrets, and more on what you should NOT give to your ferrets to play with (IE paper towel rolls can suffocate and kill them) 8) More on ferret proofing – IE pictures of places that almost all homes have which need to be taken care of, but that you may never notice until your fuzzy has made it known to you. Like little holes up under your cabinets, blocking off your kitchen entirely, holes where people have run their cable themselves, etc. 9) Updated section on ferret diseases, particularly warning signs. Too many people think of ferrets as giant hamsters that never need a vet visit.
On the whole this book gave okay starter information on the colors of ferrets, their history, what kind of cage you should buy, and some basic diseases they can get. But in the end it felt more like a sales job to get people to purchase a ferret. And they do a great sales job, my hubby was against a ferret purchase, read the book and was suddenly sold on them. I hope that there will be a future version that is a little less like a sales pitch and a bit more informational. (less)