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Kelly, Jacqueline

A Prickly Problem: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

(3) 1-3 Illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer. In this fourth book (Skunked! etc.), the Tate family's prize dog, Ajax, gets quilled twice by a porcupine. Each time, nature- and animal-loving Calpurnia acts quickly to help him, even though the quill removal is difficult and painful for her to watch. The scary situation is softened by Calpurnia's bright first-person narration. Detailed black-and-white illustrations capture both the urgency and warmth of the story.


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