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Summary: This is a story of disappointment and reconciliation for a little girl placed in foster care and the dog who is unapproachable until she finds just the right place to touch him. It teaches the reader to grasp the perspective of a child who cannot live with her parents.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 5.1
Young Reader Reaction: None offered by this reviewer.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book touches at the heart of every person’s emotions, big or small. It is a well-written book with exceptional illustrations that speak to all children.
Pros: This book offers ways for the child to relate to the protagonist’s emotions of anger, sadness, hope, and disappointment. It is equally appropriate for adults who work with children living without their parents.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The book's approach to foster care living both for children and for the people who care for them is wonderful.
Educational Themes: Alcoholism, shelter living, and feelings of displacement are handled with great aptitude. It is ideal for teaching school-age kids about all types of families, including non-traditional models.
Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.