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Author: Charlotte Lundy

Illustrator: Miriam Sagasti

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Publisher: Bay Light Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A father teaches his son about the responsibility required to take care of a puppy by describing the responsibility that King Solomon had in caring for his people and doing the will of God. This book uses a comparison of building of the Jewish Temple with caring for a puppy.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.3

Age of Child: read with 3 1/2 year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: Because our preschooler just got a puppy, s/he was able to relate to the concept of responsibilities. However, s/he was not drawing the link to building the Temple.

Adult Reader Reaction: While easy to read, I found the comparison of building the most important building in Judaism to owning a puppy to be quite a disproportionate contrast.

Pros: This book offers illustrations that help drive home parents' points about being responsible and what responsibility means.

Cons: Its hard to help this target audience understand the parallel between the Temple and owning a puppy.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow this book if you're trying to make a point about responsibility. That said, there are other books out there where the contrast/compare may be easier for younger kids to absorb.


Educational Themes: The purpose of the book is clear: understanding what responsibility is and knowing how to take responsibility for one's decisions/actions.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, Judaism, animal characters, family, growing up, Christian

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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