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An Introduction to Animals and Children
Bringing Children and Animals Together
Maybe you’re considering getting a classroom pet. Maybe you are a parent
with a child who is an animal lover, and you hope to enrich her love. Maybe
you are interested in the research on child development and animals, and
you just want to learn more. Whatever your motivation for picking up this
book, I thank you.
It is my vision and dream that every educator and parent who works
with children will recognize and value the special love that children feel for
animals and that more adults will nurture that love. Nurturing that love will
mean that more children are honored and supported. The growing aware-
ness of the importance of animals in the lives of children will lead to more
animals being loved by children, treasured not just for what they can bring
to children’s lives but simply for what they are.