Sparky! (A Book about a Sloth)
A certain boy has developed a small obsession with sloths. It started with a harmless documentary we watched one day
The story is about a young girl that wants a pet. Her mother's conditions are that she could have any pet she wanted "as long as it doesn't need to be walked or bathed or fed." After some research help from the school librarian, she discovers the sloth, a special animal "known to sleep more than sixteen hours a day ... hang upside down in trees, barely moving, for long periods of time." Perfect!
Without giving too much away, it's a sweet story of a girl loving her little pet with the qualities he comes with, even if he's not as exciting as her friend Mary Potts' pets - "her cat can dance on her hind legs and her parrot knows twenty words, including God and ice cream."
A high flying adventure story? No. But one that was a little wistful and smacks of childhood sweetness.
Two thumbs up from our sloth loving fans in this house. : )