Every now and then, my son and I come across one of the books delivered to me that are a real laugh of a read! I say this in a positive way about Skunked by Jacqueline Kelly. This book is part of the Girl Vet series and it's a fun, short read for elementary readers and to read to the young'ns!
The story is about an only girl, in a large family of boys. Because they live on a farm, she carries a great interest in caring for animals of all sorts. So does her youngest brother, Travis. As a matter of fact, it's Travis who gets her into a situation where they end up caring for a baby skunk. With the mother nowhere nearby, they take the kit home and Callie (short for Calpurnia) is on the job. Finding out what's best in the caring for a baby skunk, they set off on keeping the little critter a secret. But skunks have a way of making themselves known...
The story is so cute and funny. Though we're past picture books, the line drawings are unique and fit the story to a "T". I think we loved the ending the most because that's when somehing HUGE happens that's über-funny. We laughed for quite a while, during our discussion. The book is also great in that it brought up quite a bit for us to discuss, concerning animals and care. Also- we had no clue baby skunks were called kits!. We won't get the other books, because it's below our reading skills, but for anyone who's got a child in 4th grade or below, this is one they'd enjoy!
I'm on to the next read. Check out Skunked!📚
Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series
Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
October 4, 2016
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