The Story of a Girl and Her Wonderful Pet! For many children, the experience of bonding with and loving a first pet is an unforgettable time in their lives. Millie and Cupcake is the charming and educational story of a girl and her companion animal … a different animal than many kids think of when choosing a pet. Cupcake is a rat, and readers will be enchanted as they learn what rats are really like: clean, loving, highly intelligent, trainable personalities who add immeasurable value to people’s lives. Follow along with Millie as she learns how to take care of her sociable, curious, and affectionate best friend.
This is a sweet, simple tale of a girl determined to have a pet. When she is denied a puppy, luck favors her by putting a rat in her path. Told in easy to understand language suitable for the target audience of preschool and beginning readers. It is engaging enough to lure the youngster to explore the story further on their own, and has a gentle lesson that parents can appreciate: Be kind, be responsible, and pets can be friends as well.
For me, there was a minor glitch between the first page and the rest of the story, as there was an abrupt shift from the introduction to the actual story, but that is soon forgotten as the tale unfolds.
Even though this is written for the younger readers, the characters are presented in a realistic manner, and have some depth to them. They are not so complex that a new reader will become lost, but enough to prevent parents reading it to their youngsters feel as if the story is a waste of their time. The pace has the same type of delicate balance – easy going enough the younger readers can remain captivated, yet fast enough older readers shouldn’t become bored with the story.
Because of the lessons included within these pages, the fact that there is character development should be no surprise. Millie, the young girl who stars in this book, edges out of the persistence that is often associated with preschoolers into a slightly more mature kindergartner smoothly and believably. (Even down to to the hiding her actions because she thinks its against her parent’s wishes.)
Over all, this is definitely a book I think anyone with a youngster should have. A hearty five out of five stars from me. (I wonder if four-legged, furry children count?)