Ashley Wants A Pet
By Jestina Hodge-Pais with illustrations by Annabelle Zhang
Genre: Children’s Pet Books
Ashley adores pets and wants one of her very own. However, her mom wants her to learn how to take good care of a pet first. Ashley volunteers at a pet shelter and finds out that pets needs lots of love and care and are family members for life.
Kiconco loves her family and enjoys spending time with them. There is one thing missing however – she never gets to spend time with her dad. Her parents are separated and she doesn’t get to see her father – at all. She misses him and feels like she has a huge hole in her heart because of that. A Chance to Love addresses parental alienation and neglect, and Jestina hopes it will be a valuable tool to aid parents, teachers, and family advocacy personnel in explaining such confusing experiences to young children. The author believes in children being heard, understood and loved, and wants to use books to support people to do that. The book is meant to show children like Kiconco, that it’s never their fault that a parent is absent, and to also try to understand that grown-ups are imperfect.
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Keturah Montoute – 5.0 out of 5 stars – Pets are Family too
I like the book “Ashley wants a pet” I read the book with my granddaughter. The book introduces children to the responsibilities of owning a pet and that pets are family too. It also introduces children to the good work done by the humane society. My granddaughter asked if she could have a pet while reading the book. She had chicks as a 5 year old and did not do a good job cleaning up for them. She promised to take a more active role in caring for any pet she gets in the future.
Ann-Marie Wallace – 5.0 out of 5 stars – Teaches responsibility.
I love everything about this book, it teaches responsibility and accountability, Children learn from a young age to how to be responsible, and will be able to use these skills as they become older. Another thing to is that when you give children the opportunity to be responsible for the things they want, they will cherish it.
About The Author
Jestina Hodge-Pais is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. “Ashley Wants a Pet” and “A Chance to Love” are her two first books. Part of the reason she has written “A Chance to Love “is the experience she had while growing up and also later in life. She believes in children being heard, understood and loved, and wants to use books to support people to do that. In the book, Jestina addresses parental alienation and neglect, and hopes it will be a valuable tool to aid parents, teachers, and family advocacy personnel in explaining such confusing experiences to young children.
Jestina is an avid pet lover and trained as a vet assistant. She believes that if people know and understand the love of a pet – they will treat them as family. “Ashley Wants a Pet” is a guide to responsible pet care. Pets are precious and need love and care like any family member.
Jestina strives to promote civility and inclusion, advocates for women and underrepresented groups, and promotes respect and care for all life forms. Her work has taken her to many continents and writing has added to her joy. She hopes this joy will be contagious and spread far and wide.
Jestina is married with a blended/adopted/added family of eight humans and two dogs. She is also the author of A Chance To Love.
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