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Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans, Pets, Sloth, Acceptance, Picture Book

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When the little girl’s mother says that she can only have a pet that doesn’t need to be walked, bathed, or fed, the little girl discovers that a sloth would be the perfect friend to have. A bird or a trained seal would take too much work, but her librarian helps her learn that sloths sleep most of the time and rarely eat, so she orders her new pet. She plays games with her new pet, Sparky, with various success. When her friend Mary comes over to see Sparky, she starts to feel like maybe Sparky isn’t good enough so she decides to have a Trained Sloth Extravaganza to prove that he is a great pet. When he doesn’t perform as she hoped he would, the little girl has to come to understand that her pet is unique and has his own gifts.