May I Pet Your Dog?

May I Pet Your Dog?

The How-To Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)

By Stephanie Calmenson; Jan Ormerod (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618510344, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 2007


Children encounter dogs wherever they go: in the park, on the sidewalk, at their friends’ homes. Sometimes it’s love at first sight, on both sidesbut not always. The right way for a child to approach a dog to ensure that the first connection is a complete success begins with this question to the owner: May I pet your dog?” Using Harry the dachshund as a gentle guide, Stephanie Calmenson addresses this valuable yet overlooked topic with care and precision, and Jan Ormerod’s warm illustrations portray a wide variety of breeds and personalities and depict situations that are realistic but never scary. Unique and straightforward, this is the essential guide to bringing children and dogs togetherfor kids and parents alike.

About the Author
Stephanie Calmenson s books have been called marvelous (Publishers Weekly), lyrical, hilarious (School Library Journal), and sweet, funny, and right on the mark (Booklist). A former teacher, children s book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press Read-Aloud Book Club, she has written such favorites as Dinner at the Panda Palace; Late for School; Rosie, a Visiting Dog's Story; and May I Pet Your Dog.

Jan Ormerod (1946-2013) was an award-winning author who grew up in Western Australia. As a child Jan drew constantly, and she eventually went on to attend art school and study drawing, painting, and sculpture. During her career Jan published more than fifty books, including "Sunshine", "Lizzie Nonsense", "Water Witcher", and "Maudie and Bear". Her work, which resonated with young children and adults alike, won many prestigious awards and received much acclaim.

Praise For May I Pet Your Dog?

"Dachshund Harry leads the youngest readers through every step of kid-meets-dog etiquette." Horn Book, Starred

"Straightforward guidelines and a positive, encouraging tone make this book appealing and practical." School Library Journal

"Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging." Kirkus Reviews