Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pet Vet: #2: The Mare's Tale


Odgers, Darrel and Sally. 2009. The Mare's Tale. Kane/Miller. 90 pages.

Pet Vet is a new series by Darrel and Sally Odgers. The first in the series is Cranky Paws. The second is The Mare's Tale. Both books star Trump, a Jack Russell terrier. She is "the animal liaison officer" for her owner, Dr. Jeanie, a vet. Which means she is super-smart and super-observant. (She is able to communicate with other animals--birds, cats, horses, etc.) In this one, Dr. Jeanie and Trump are trying to help a horse, a mare named Helen of Troy, have a foal. This horse has a dog-companion, a Dalmatian dog named Paris. And both animals are in need of some help and attention.

I am enjoying this series. It didn't quite sweep me off my feet like the Odgers' Jack Russell: Dog Detective series for young readers. But the books are good. They're both educational (sprinkling of animal facts and vet-like observations) and entertaining. If you know someone in this age group (6-9) who loves animals, then this series could be just what you're looking for!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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