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ZOE THE MAGIC LOVE DOG

Author: Carrie Hauman

Illustrator: Carrie Hauman

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Publisher: Alma Press, ©2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: Although Zoe enjoys a good life with her friend Meemo, the cat, she realizes that there is sadness in the world. She uses her magic powers to heal children's hearts, whether they are sad, selfish, angry, or just in need of a hug. This is a picture book about sharing love

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Read with 3 1/2 year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: We were surprised that our preschooler, who loves ALL THINGS ‘dog’ didn’t pursue this book. Despite several reads … and leaving in her playroom for her to read herself … Zoe never captured her heart.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story. At first, when you learn that Zoe is sad, you think this is a post 9/11 story. The vignettes about Zoe’s powers help lengthen the book, but don’t offer a lot to the story.

Pros: The illustrations have bright, sweeping strokes of color. They are more like paintings, which makes this a nice visual change from your run-of-the-mill picture book.

Cons: None, really. It just isn’t a stand-out among the bedtime stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TIME FOR BED   SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE MOUSE   I LOVE YOU SO …

Educational Themes: The book offers opportunities to show how being kind and loving is important. The vignettes also give adult readers the chance to open discussions about the scenarios. Parents of toddlers/preschoolers can always use another example for "how do we share?"

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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