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No Pets Allowed   By: (1914-)

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No Pets Allowed by M. A. Cummings is an adorable and heartwarming children's book that explores the theme of friendship and the importance of acceptance.

The story revolves around a young girl named Lily, who dreams of having a pet in her life. However, there's a strict "no pets allowed" rule in her apartment building. Despite her disappointment, Lily's determination and optimism lead her to find creative ways of experiencing the joy of having a pet. From a pet rock to a stuffed animal, Lily invents imaginative ways to fill the void in her heart.

What makes this book truly special is how skillfully Cummings addresses the theme of friendship. Lily's next-door neighbor, Mr. Patel, becomes her closest confidante and helps her navigate the difficulties of not having a real pet. Mr. Patel shares his own stories and helps Lily explore her imagination, fostering a beautiful bond between them. This portrayal of intergenerational friendship is both heartwarming and inspiring.

Cummings' writing style is simple yet engaging, making it accessible for young readers. The illustrations by an anonymous artist perfectly complement the story, using vibrant colors and expressive characters to bring the pages to life. The inclusion of diverse characters ensures that every child can relate to the story, further promoting acceptance and understanding.

Moreover, the book's message of determination and resilience is subtly woven into the narrative, teaching children the value of finding creative solutions to life's obstacles. It encourages them to think outside the box, embrace their imagination, and never give up on their dreams.

No Pets Allowed is a delightful read that will captivate children's hearts with its delightful characters, relatable story, and beautiful illustrations. It not only entertains but also offers valuable life lessons about friendship, acceptance, and perseverance. Without a doubt, M. A. Cummings has crafted a heartwarming tale that will leave readers of all ages with a smile on their faces.

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M. A. Cummings (Monette to her friends) returns with another hauntingly persuasive story of a Tomorrow that may not be as gleaming as we hope. Her recent story, THE WEIRDIES, apparently delighted some and startled others and this in Los Angeles! What's happening there?

no pets allowed


He didn't know how he could have stood the four months there alone. She was company and one could talk to her ...

I can't tell anyone about it. In the first place, they'd never believe me. And, if they did, I'd probably be punished for having her. Because we aren't allowed to have pets of any kind.

It wouldn't have happened, if they hadn't sent me way out there to work. But, you see, there are so many things I can't do.

I remember the day the Chief of Vocation took me before the council.

"I've tried him on a dozen things," he reported. People always talk about me as if I can't understand what they mean. But I'm really not that dumb.

"There doesn't seem to be a thing he can do," the Chief went on. "Actually, his intelligence seems to be no greater than that which we believe our ancestors had, back in the twentieth century."

"As bad as that?" observed one of the council members. "You do have a problem."

"But we must find something for him to do," said another... Continue reading book >>

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