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Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets
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Author Hillary Rodham Clinton
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
November 17, 1998
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 208
ISBN 0-684-85778-2
Preceded by It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (1996)' 
Followed by An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History (2000)' 

Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets is a 1998 children's book written by First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. It concerns the two pets that lived in the White House during the Clinton administration, Socks the cat and Buddy the dog.

Description

The book includes more than 50 letters written to the First Pets by children and more than 80 photographs of Socks and Buddy. Examples of questions that letters asked include, "Who do you like best? Mr. Clinton? Mrs. Clinton or Chelsea?" and, "How do you like being a dog, Buddy? I like being a person." Socks was also asked if he was allowed to watch MTV and Buddy was asked if he ever got petted by the Spice Girls.

The book also includes several sections of text by Clinton discussing the two pets' habits, as well as the rivalry between them. Clinton also provided a history of the previous pets that had lived in the White House. The text also dispensed some advice on caring for pets and told parents to encourage children to express themselves through writing.

The last chapter of the book is titled "A Note on Saving America's Parks and Treasures".

Proceeds

Clinton received no advance for writing the book. All of her proceeds from book sales and related publishing rights were donated to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's National Park Service. The publisher said it would donate some of its proceeds to the foundation as well.

The foundation was given possession of the copyright to the book, which simplified the tax aspects related to awarding profits to the foundation, thus eliminating some complexities that Clinton had encountered in donating the proceeds of It Takes a Village.

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