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Megan wants a pet. Like many kids, she is disappointed when her parents say no. She asks, over and over, and they don't change the answer.
Then she finds the box. Newborn kittens are inside; she decides that she has found the perfect pets. She also decides that she can't tell her parents.
She spends five weeks in joy and torment. She knows that she needs to stop lying about the kittens and tell her parents. She is afraid that her parents will make her give them up. Her plan to prove her ability to take care of her kittens is to work really hard on chores around the house.
I enjoyed the book. It is very good for a young reader. The writing was on par with readers new to longer books. It is also a good story for illustrating morality and responsibility. The cover is adorable, and the story is decently written.
I am a 4th grade teacher and am always looking for new books to recommend to my students. During my read of Megan's Munchkins, I continually kept in the back of my mind the question of whether this would be a good book for my students.
Megan's Munchkins is about Megan, who desperately wants a pet of her own. Her parents have refused, saying she wasn't responsible enough. When Megan finds abandoned 1-day old kittens and brings them home, she has to care for and hide them from her parents until she feels it is the right time to tell them. While caring for them, she tries to prove to her parents that she is responsible by doing chores and being helpful around the house.
Megan struggles with the idea that she is keeping something important from her parents, and this is really the main focus of the book -- not really the care of the kittens. You can feel Megan's struggles as she continually asks herself if she should fess up to her parents or not. Of course, you know by the end of the book it will be resolved somehow, and it is.
I believe my 4th grade students, primarily the girls, will enjoy this book. It's a fairly simple read, not too "deep" into emotions and details, while at the same time teaching about character. While Megan IS lying to her parents, seeing her internal struggle with this is a positive learning opportunity for students. Because it's an easy read, I do think the 9- and 10-year olds in my classroom would enjoy it and get a lot from it.
Megan has a secret hidden in her closet. Stressed beyond belief, Megan keeps a secret from her parents as she raises abandoned one-day old kittens for five weeks! "Her life becomes an endless cycle of feeding schedules, vet visits, homework, household chores, and sneaking around." (back cover) During the busiest time of her life, Megan discovers true happiness. But what will her parent say when they discover she's been lying to them for five weeks? Will they be impressed with her responsible behavior, or react to her lack of trust and honesty?
As an intermediate-grade teacher, I recommend this book for children especially in grades three to seven.
Children usually love animals and beg their parents for all kinds of pets. If the parent loves pets, there is not usually a problem. Megan's parents had said no repeatedly when she asked to have a pet.
The primary conflict in the book is the ongoing internal struggle that the heroine has about lying to her parents who have said no pets. Yet, Megan faced these kittens who would die without a human to care for them. Megan had always wanted a pet, and these abandoned kittens needed her. She didn't consider other options besides taking them home and trying to save their lives.
She tried to wheedle her parents into allowing her to have a pet.
"Sorry, sweetie, you are not responsible enough yet to care for a pet," her mother responded.
"That's not the reason you used when I asked before," Megan shot back, trying to wear her mother down. "You blamed it on allergies."
Good point, Megan.
Megan knew that parents took medicine for allergies and didn't want pets. With four allergen-producing kittens hidden in the closet, Megan began keeping her room spotless. Throughout the book, Megan negotiated with her parents about getting a pet. They finally agreed that if she continued to show responsibility, they might allow her to get a pet in spite of the allergy issues. I found this waffling a little disingenuous. But parents hate to say no to their children, and maybe they had their allergies under control.
Instead of getting caught up in her parents' inconsistencies, Megan found more and more ways to demonstrate to her parents that she could handle the added pressure of maintaining excellent grades and assisting her parents around the house. She becomes every parent's dream child. As an adult, I couldn't help but like her.Megan's Munchkins (Megan's World) (Volume 1)