I mention this new picture book by Stephanie Calmenson because it's a practical guide to a common situation. I have a boy who wants to meet and greet every canine in town, and I welcomed the reminders here about safety around unfamiliar dogs.
May I Pet Your Dog? reads like a beginning reader, and it's narrated by a dachshund. A typical sample goes, "Here comes my friend Twigs. Do you want to meet her? Ask her owner, 'May I pet your dog?' "
Readers will also learn what to do when a dog too shy to greet comes along and when a scared dog growls, how to give a treat, and to never go near a dog in a car or truck. Although my son has been around dogs a lot, I saw him apply some of Calmenson's tips after reading the book.
There's no big story line, just good advice. Jan Ormerod's simple illustrations clearly depict what the child should be doing in each situation described.