Biography, Dog stories, Uncategorized

Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch Mona Kerby

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Back of Book:
One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men’s wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney’s loyalty and sense of adventure soon made it clear he wasn’t just an average mutt. Over the course of nine years, Owney guarded the mail―not only in Albany but on mail trains that traveled all over the United States.
My Review: The librarian at my school shared this story with my class. I absolutely fell in love with the story of the brave dog who protected the mail. He is a true historical figure who is fairly unknown to most people. The story teaches readers all about the adventures that Owney went on. Mona Kerby did quite a bit of research to ensure that her book was as accurate as possible. Barasch did a beautiful job bringing Owney to life. Readers will love seeing the adventures that one small dog who spent his life, protecting the mail. The back of the book has a great authors note, as well as pictures of Owney. This is a great addition to any biography book list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Dog stories

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List By Kate Klise

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 Back of Book: Eli the dog has been with Astrid since her parents brought her home from the hospital as a baby. Now Astrid is getting older, and so is Eli. Before he slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. So she makes a bucket list for Eli, which includes experiences such as eating with him in a restaurant, and taking him down a slide at the playground.

 

But in the end, what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid, whom he loves dearly. Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise have created a story that reminds readers of all ages that time with our loved ones is the most precious gift of all.

 

My Review:

 

 Oh my goodness! Bring on the tissues for this sweet and loving story about a young girl and her dog. Most people have had a childhood pet and can relate to the story of Astrid and her beloved dog Eli. As Eli grows older, Astrid goes down the bucket list of everything that they can do together.    The story follows the two as they hit every item on their list. The ending is wonderful and shares the tender moments between a girl and her best friend. The illustrations are soft and show the emotion between Astrid and Eli. This is a must read for all pet readers young and old alike.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

32 pages

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Dog stories, Food

The King’s Taster By Kenneth Oppel

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Back of Book:
Max is the cook’s dog. And because he is also the king’s taster, Max gets to feast on
French Fries!
Rose Pudding!
Cheese Pie!
Pizza!
No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn’t want to dine on these delicious dishes?
The new king, that’s who.
And if the new king has his way, it won’t just be their job that the cook and Max lose!

My Review: This is a unique story about a picky eater and his official taster. The prince is picky, so the royal chief tries many new dishes like fries, and pizza. This book is very humorous with catchy language that readers will really enjoy. The illustrations are created by two different painters and blended together beautifully. I love the small details like the chief’s suit covered in recipes, or the details of the different countries. The story has a creative ending, with a lesson about eating healthy. This is a perfect story to add to any healthy eating unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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Dog stories, Read Your World

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari

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Back of Book:

For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with her favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Hello, Moose!
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.
Goodbye, Moose.
But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.

My Review:

I love that there is a picture book about the amazing things that therapy dogs can help with. Zara has a wonderful dog who hates hearing the word no.  Moose just wants to stay in the classroom and listen to stories.  The ending of this story is sweet and refreshing.  I love that although the main character of this story is in a wheelchair it is never mentioned. Zara represents a good percentage of students within the school system. Sadly, children in wheelchairs are not often seen in literature.  Hello Goodbye Dog is a wonderful look into a world that children may never have heard about. I love that it teaches children about therapy dogs, and how they can help people.  The illustrations in this book are beautiful! They bring this story to life.  The back of the book This is a perfect book to add to any diverse reading list.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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Dog stories

Dog Breath By Dav Pilkey

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Back of Book: “Hally Tosis was a very good dog, but she had a big problem. Hold your nose! Because here comes the dog with the worst breath in the world!

My Review: This is a great Scholastic title with a great play on words. Hally Tosis is a sweet dog but she has a huge problem. She knocks everyone over with her awful breath. It becomes a huge problem for the entire Tosis family. Mr. and Mrs. Tosis finally decide that Hally must go. Then one night burglars enter the house and it’s up to Hally to use her bad breath to try and save the day. My students thought this was the best book ever! They loved the illustrations and couldn’t wait to see how the story ended. This is a very fun read aloud that will keep children laughing. This story is also full of adjectives and a great book for a language lesson.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages