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Booklist - 05/15/2011 Princess, or “P,” lives on a rural Oklahoma farm and is desperate for a pet. Defying her father’s belief that all farm animals are simply workers that must earn their keep, she tries to befriend both the cattle dog and a donkey. Then, in a defining moment, she impulsively rescues a baby possum, planning to release him once he is older. Her family is too distracted to notice P’s subterfuge: her mom works long hours, her dad is stationed in Iraq, and her asthmatic sister stays indoors. Then a rabies epidemic sweeps across the county, threatening the well-being of both animals and free-roaming P and foreshadowing dangers to come. Writing in P’s believable voice, Blom captures the feel of rural America, with lush descriptions of scenery and daily farm work, in an authentic exploration of friendship, a family under stress, and a child learning to cope with consequences. The ending provides hope but no clear resolution. Hand this to animal lovers, children of soldiers, and readers who enjoy the rich details of rural life. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2011 Gr 3–4—P (short for Princess) wants a pet, but her father believes that any animal on their Oklahoma farm has to earn its keep. While he is away on combat duty, P loses sight of this rule when she begins caring for an orphaned opossum. P and Ike grow attached as she hand-feeds him and takes him everywhere. Of course, P knows she cannot keep Ike forever and soon she is forced to choose between doing what is right and doing what she wants. The conclusion of the story shows P learning an important lesson about doing what is right even when it is incredibly hard and is told in a way that is both touching and suspenseful.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.