Wild Times at the Bed & Biscuit

by Joan Carris and Noah Z. Jones

Grampa Bender has offered the Bed & Biscuit Animal Boardinghouse to temporarily... read more

Grampa Bender has offered the Bed & Biscuit Animal Boardinghouse to temporarily house animals from a wildlife shelter undergoing construction. A veterinarian, Grampa is able to provide medical care for an injured Canadian goose, a muskrat with an infected foot, and a pair of orphaned fox kits. His pets, Ernest the mini-pig, Gabby the mynah bird, and Milly the cat, are ready to lend a hand whenever Grampa needs their help. Meanwhile, the youngest member of the household, Sir Walter the Scottie, ponders the lure of life in the wild. Amusing dialogue among the animal contingent and a near catastrophe (Sir Walter goes missing!) provide entertainment and suspense, while the proximity of tame animals to wild ones offers insight into the differences in their behaviors and habits. Many black-and-white pencil and watercolor illustrations complement the text, and an author’s note gives additional information about the wildlife featured in the story. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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