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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Love Me Gently: A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend is a story about a young boy named Henry who gets his first puppy, Cooper. Throughout the story, Henry explains the best way to take care of Cooper. Puppies and kids have a lot of growing and learning to do, and being patient and gentle is always the best approach with both. Henry shares tips about feeding, walking, training, and all-round puppy care. Henry shares what not to do and explains that these things might hurt Cooper. Then he shares what should be done, stating that will make Cooper happy. If Henry remembers to be kind and calm, Cooper will grow up to be a well-behaved dog, which will make them both happy.
Lisa Wiehebrink has written a useful guide in the form of a story for first-time pet owners. Love Me Gently: A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend covers all the basics of raising a puppy. What is truly helpful is that Wiehebrink has placed a lot of emphasis on being gentle and patient in all situations. Accidents will happen, puppies will chew things but instead of yelling or hitting, gentle suggestions are offered on how to improve things. Henry and Cooper are the stars of Eleanor Harbison’s soft pastel illustrations. Lisa Wiehebrink’s lessons on how to treat a new pet will serve kids well in other areas of their life. Love Me Gently: A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend will be an excellent gift for any new dog owner.