Amy L Peterson
Amy Peterson became a stepmother in 1994 when she married a man who had four kids, an old VW Rabbit and a boat load of fishing tackle. Unable to find other true, uplifting stories about becoming a stepmother, Amy used her casual, entertaining writing style to tell her amusing but heartwarming story in From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds. The conflicts she faces (and avoids) are universal to all stepmothers, and the conflicts with her beau are amusing universal struggles between the sexes. Amy’s goal was to write a story that would have universal appeal to women, while being particularly helpful for women contemplating becoming stepmothers.
At the same time Amy was muddling through the world of stepmother hood she was also faced with one pet after another that her husband kept bringing home. The first hedgehog was joined by a second hedgehog and the baby hedgehogs came 28 days later. One ferret soon got three ferret pals to play with. The first puppy had too much energy, so along came another dog. And so it goes in Amy's second memoir, Something Furry Underfoot, a humorous, touching memoir about raising and falling for a whole array of pets. It includes 50 tips, most of which are about pets, some of which are about the spouses that love pets. This fun, entertaining read will help pet owners and potential pet owners make better decisions about their pets.
Amy has been published in numerous magazines and does weekly blog postings on her web site, amylpeterson.com, about nature, pets and life. Like her books, most of her blog postings are light-hearted if not also sometimes information. Amy works for the state of Michigan and lives with her husband and a variety of fuzzy animals.
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Something Furry Underfoot
Something Furry Underfoot is a funny, touching book about pets that Amy's husband brought home and how Amy ended up helping care for, and falling for, most of them. In addition to frogs, iguanas, dogs, a stray cat, rabbits, and lots of hamsters, you will meet a male hedgehog that escaped three times to mate with a female hedgehog, a ferret that cost $1,200 in vet bills and a domestic duck.
Goodnight, Big Wuzzy
Big Wuzzy is a ferret who has three ferret pals named Rocky, Chunky and Sox. In this rhyming photo book, Big Wuzzy shows what each of his pals enjoys doing, which includes hiding Beanie Babies and climbing in kitchen cupboards. Kids will love this story; parents will get a idea about what life is like with a bunch of rambunctious fuzzies. This is one of four photo books by this author about pets.
Bumpkin Gets Big
A cute, rhyming photo book, Bumpkin Gets Big is about a domestic duckling a student found in a yard in East Lansing, Michigan. The author and her husband had taken in other critters but never a duckling. They raised Bumpkin inside their home with a cat and two dogs. This book ends with a message to parents to consider before buying a domestic duckling.
Dusty, the Angel Pup
One of four cute, rhyming photo books, this book is about a puppy with lots of fuzzy friends, including a cat, a puppy named Little Dipper, ferrets and even a domestic duck. As he grows up he becomes both a guard dog and loyal pal to all. Everyone who has ever had a dog will love Dusty’s story. It ends with a message for parents to consider before bringing a puppy or dog into their home.
Purrkins, the Cat
A cute, rhyming photo book about a stray cat named Purrkins who tells of being brought into a house where two adults try their best to take care of him, but still haven’t gotten it figured it out. This book will make children smile and give parents a good idea about the general nature of cats. It includes a message for parents to consider before bringing a kitten or cat into their home.
From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds
From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds is a humorous yet compelling story of a woman who fell hook, line and thousands of dollars in sinkers for a guy with four kids and enough fishing tackle to sink a small boat. It has 70 tips that are helpful for stepmothers and future stepmothers, and it’s a fun read for any woman who bit off more than she bargained for and gained even more in the end.
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