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Pet Parables, Volume 1: The Cat Who Smelled Like Cabbage & The Duck Who Quacked Bubbles (Kregel Kidzone) [Hardcover]

By Neta Jackson (Author) & Annie Gavitt (Illustrator)
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A menagerie of furry, feathered, and fuzzy animal buddies romp through the Pet Parables and discover that it's fun to get along! Their antics and adventures take them over bumps on the road to friendship as they learn how to tell the truth, cooperate, share, speak kindly, and respect one another. Each story concludes with a special page of interactive questions for parents and teachers to use to reinforce the friendship lesson in each story. In "The Cat Who Smelled Like Cabbage", purebred Siamese Cat looks down her perfect nose at Alley Cat...and so does Black Cat, until she discovers that Alley Cat is a true friend. In "The Duck Who Quacked Bubbles", Grumble learns that no one likes being around a duckling who complains all the time.

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A menagerie of funny animal buddies romp through the Pet Parables and discover that it's fun to get along Children will identify with the familiar antics of these fuzzy and feathered pals and the bumps they hit on the road to friendship.

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Pet Parables, Volume 1: The Cat Who Smelled Like Cabbage & The Duck Who Quacked Bubbles (Kregel Kidzone) by Neta Jackson & Annie Gavitt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2005 page 38

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Kregel Publications
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 8.26" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Kregel Publications
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  4-7
Series  Kregel Kidzone  
ISBN  0825429382  
ISBN13  9780825429385  

Availability  0 units.

More About Neta Jackson & Annie Gavitt

Neta Jackson As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

But over the years we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.

Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.

We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

Neta Jackson currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.

Neta Jackson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Yada Yada Prayer Group

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Beautifully Written  May 4, 2010
Kids love animals, so what better format to teach kids about biblical behavior than a book of animal stories? That's the premise behind Neta Jackson's Pet Parables (Vol. 1).

This volume contains two stories: "The Cat Who Smelled Like Cabbage" and "The Duck Who Quacked Bubbles." The first begins by quoting Philippians 2:3 ("Be humble and consider other smore important than yourselves..."), then Jackson weaves a surprisingly down to earth and deep story. In it, snobby Siamese Cat and her good natured friend Black Cat chat about the neighborhood. Siamese Cat turns her nose up at the ugly, homeless Alley Cat who tends to linger across the street. She has no real family and no good breeding. But when one of Black Cat's kittens wanders into the street, Alley Cat saves the baby from being run over by a vehicle. Black Cat couldn't be more thankful - and surprised. As she talks with Alley Cat, she find her kind and friendly. And she learns there are good reasons for Alley Cat's mysterious ways. In the end, rather than go for a walk with Siamese Cat, Black Cat shows Alley Cat a better place to keep her own babies, and a new friendship is formed.

The second story begins by quoting Philippians 2:14 - 15 ("Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless den pure..."). Grumble, a very grumpy duckling, complains about everything. Her siblings crowd her in the nest, splash her in the pond, bump into her when they walk, and make her late for everything. When the other ducklings finally tire of Grumble's grumblings, they leave her to play by herself. To "show them," Grumble wanders into a box, thinking to hide until her family gets worried. But the box turns out to be a trailer that gets pulled away by a car. Fortunately, the family in the car hear Grumbles quakes and bring her back home. Grumble discovers her family really did miss her, and she's so thankful to be back home, she vows never to grumble again. Instead, whenever she feels the urge to grumble, she sticks her head under the water and quacks, producing bubbles. Soon, her family renames her Bubbles.

Both stories end with a parental note and questions for discussion, always bringing up God. For example, in the questions for "The Duck," the author writes: "What do you think God wants us to do when we feel like complaining? The next time you feel like complaining, what could you do instead?"

What I Like: Jackson is a strong writer. My 4 year old loves her stories and I find them pleasing to read. "The Cat" struck me as particularly well written for a book targeting this age group. The illustrations by Anne Gavitt are also lovely. Even my 18 month old loves them (he is, admittedly, a huge fan of cats). The cat drawings are realistic and expressive, while the duck pictures have a vintage storybook charm.

What I Dislike: Nothing

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Kristina Seleshanko
Christian Children's Book Review

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