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    1. Because of Winn-Dixie
    by Kate Dicamillo
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    Asin: 0763616052
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
    Sales Rank: 1082
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect.She is lonely at first--that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends.Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Winn-Dixie, A Real Winner
    A story of friendship, loneliness, and sadness. A sweet girl, named India Opal Buloni just moved to Naomi, Florida with her father, a southern baptist minister. She comes to town without a single friend or a mother when a dog, named Winn-Dixie enters her life.

    Anyone who has ever had a dog they love will appreciate this story. He is smart, sits through church services, and takes on very human-like characteristics. Whenever he gets happy, he opens his mouth and shows an endearing smile.

    With help from her new pet, India Opal makes many unique friends in her small, quiet town. She befriends a librarian who has candy that tastes like strawberries, rootbeer, and sorrow. She meets up with an ex-criminal who went to prison for playing his music in the street. She visits an old woman every day who all of the town kids think is a witch.

    Although written for a younger audience, I would strongly recommend this book for anyone. This is a Newberry Honor book divided into many small chapters,each with an endearing story. Everyone is sure to enjoy Because of Winn-Dixie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Need a good read...
    A story soon to be a classic and a must read for anyone who has ever felt lost in the world. This story is about a young girl and her father. India Opal and her father the preacher move to a new town in northern Florida. She has trouble making friends and her father keeps himself emotionally distanced from her. He asks her to go to the grocery store and she goes but comes home with something that wasn't on the list...a dog that she named "Winn-Dixie," and it is because of Winn-Dixie that her life starts to make changes.

    This book is an enjoyable read for any age. The author has done a wonderful job of setting the location of where the story is taking place, whom the character's are and gives the reader the feeling of being in the story. The text is not hard to read but some of the dialect could be difficult. There is a bit of understatement in the book that may be hard for younger reads to understand but not enough to discourage reading, the writing style is one that fits the story line.

    On a personal level I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt lost in the world and needed a friend. Having grown up moving around in the southern states I truly connected to this book and if nothing else this is a great book about a girl and her dog.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A ok
    I recommend this book to anyone 13 or older because it's a really good book about friendship. For example, when the pet employ asked her if Winn-Dixie was her pet, Opal said, "He's not a pet he's my best friend." Also I recommend it to any one who loves dogs because Winn-Dixie is in many parts of the story. For example, when Winn-Dixie is in the store making a mess, the manager said that he was going to call the pound. Opal said to the manger," Wait that's my dog. Don't call the pound." She said to protect the dog from going to the pound. In conclusion, if you like a book about friendship and animals, this is the book to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and uplifting!
    I first heard of "Because of Winn-Dixie" several years ago, when Kate DiCamillo was interviewed on NPR soon after its release. Having lived in FL for many years and being well aware of the Winn-Dixie supermarkets, I suppose the idea of the story and its name intrigued me. I purchased the book some time ago, but as with many other book collectors, I set it aside and didn't get around to reading it till just recently. Although it's written for children, I must say it has appeal for all ages! I was deeply moved by the sweet story, and especially Opal, who someone else expressed my thoughts exactly when they likened her to Scout, from "To Kill a Mockingbird"(my all-time favorite story). She obviously is wise far beyond her years in the way she brings together the diverse personalities and ages of the people she meets in her new home, a small FL town called Naomi. Opal unconditionally loves her funny, quirky mongrel of a dog, and we certainly can't help but love him as well! We should all be so lucky as to someday meet such a gentle spirit as Opal and her Winn-Dixie. My highest recommendations for this touching and very uplifting little gem!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Almost Shed A Tear
    Opal has just relocated, with her father, Preacher, to Florida. One day, while in the local Winn-Dixie, she finds a big, ugly dog. She names the dog Winn-Dixie. When she gets home, her father is disappointed, but reluctantly agrees to let Opal keep the unusual dog. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make new friends in Florida, and it's Because of Winn-Dixie that she finds happiness in her new town. ... Read more


    2. So, What's It Like to Be a Cat?
    by Karla Kuskin
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    Asin: 0689847335
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: Atheneum
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    3. Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book
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    Asin: 0689807481
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
    Publisher: Little Simon
    Sales Rank: 2325
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great "wordless book"
    It's not toally wordless.. there are a total of two sentences; one in the beginning and one at the end. The rest of the story is done through beautiful illustrations of interactions between Carl (a Rottweiller) and a baby he's left to care for. For those who find that absurd I point to every story where children are abandoned by mothers (Cat in the Hat, Hansel and Gretel, for that matter every fairy tale ever written). It's fiction! Also it is intended for a pre-reading audience (I recommend 2-3 years) not those who will be judging its probability.

    As a speech language pathologist I find this book to be AMAZING for eliciting spoken language. You can ask what the baby is doing, where is the baby, how did that happen, or even "Can a baby swim in a fish tank???" Even my 2 year old son answers no.

    It's a great imaginative story with beautiful pictures, phooey to those who are shocked.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for any dog-loving child!
    Beautiful pictures captivate child and adult alike as they tell the adventures of lovable Carl and his small charge. On this day, Carl's job is simply to babysit for an afternoon. What an afternoon it turns out to be for Carl and the baby! Even non-readers can follow Carl's adventures and begin to cultivate a love for books through this creatively told story. Dogs and young children are a perfect combination. After reading this book, you will think the same about books and young children!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great wordless book
    (...) It's a beautifully illustrated book with all of two printed sentences. The child can speak the story, question the story, and describe the probability if they are mature enough. Yes, the parents do leave the child with a Rottweiller, but unless you are buying this as a parenting manual this will not affect your children's behaviour.

    I am amazed that anyone finds it shocking, considering the truly shocking we see in our culture all day.. a piece of children's ficiton on par with a giant red dog (Clifford?) or any fairy tale ever spoken. It is truly innocent and appealing to most toddlers I've met.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Try another Carl Book
    The dog "Carl" is left alone to babysit. If you read the other reviews, you will see people shocked by the antics (sliding down the laundry shoot, swimming in the fish tank, etc.) I have to agree that you don't want your child thinking these things are fun or funny. However, I recommend you try "Carl's Afternoon in the Park." Same idea (rottweiler left to take care of baby, which you may argue is disturbing in itself, but not if you take it in good fun as it is meant) without the really off-limits stuff that you don't want your child attempting. In this book, Carl, baby, and a puppy do things that you would do with your child (go on the merry-go-round, get ice cream, slide down slide, get their pictures painted). My son loves it... laughs at the dog getting water splashed in his face and the puppy sliding down the slide and toppling over the baby. And enough intrigue for an adult (nice to notice every artist is painting the dogs and baby using different styles). Beautiful pictures throughout. Over all, a good, beautiful, imaginative book.

    nothing good about this book
    i really don't understand how someone could love this book. my mom bought it for my daughter w/o really reading it first. she saw there was a dog on it and my daughter loves dogs so she bought it. well, she gives it to her and we are looking through it and i couldn't believe how stupid and thoughtless this book was! a classic? HARDLY!
    a dog left in charge of a child....dog gets the baby out of the crib, dog lets the child get in the fish tank...i mean, what the heck??!
    this book, in my opinion is whacked. we chunked it in the trash!
    if i could give ZERO stars, i would! ... Read more


    4. I'll Always Love You
    by HANS WILHELM
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    Asin: 0517572656
    Catlog: Book (1988-12-12)
    Publisher: Dragonfly Books
    Sales Rank: 26936
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Illus. in full color. "In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and

    her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does

    not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations,

    tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly."--School

    Library Journal.




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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still Has The Same Magic
    As a little girl I read this book when my dog was dying. It truly helped me deal with his death and realize that is okay to be sad. It is a wonderful tool to help children understand death a bit better. Few books since my childhood have made such an impression on me as this one, and it is the only book from my childhood I still keep on my shelf as a college student. In fact, my cat grew very sick of cancer and I read this book again to make myself feel better about the situation. And I have never forgotten to utter Hans Wilhelm's words into my pets' ears. And right before my cat died, I whispered "I will always love you" just as the little boy in the story did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book...
    There are some books I think should be in every household, and if you have both children and pets, this is one of them. Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is difficult enough for anyone, let alone a child, but this book helps. In fact, I would recommend this book to adult pet owners as well. Nothing will stop the pain of the loss of course, but "I'll Always Love You" helps bring back the happiness and lets the healing begin. I have been a booster of this book for years and hope it NEVER goes out of print. Do yourself a favor and buy this warm story of Effie, "the best dog in the whole world" and her boy....

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for all ages
    This is the perfect pet loss book for all ages. A good gift to give when words do not seem appropriate. Similar to Boomerang - A Miracle Trilogy, about the short but miraculous life of a remarable Boston Terrier. And, how through love, all things are possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Saying Goodbye
    I got this book to help my daughter deal with the loss of our dog who had become sick and had to be put down. I liked the way the book was to the point and very sweet at the same time. The book also stays away from taking a religious stand point which I was greatful for. My daughter is too young to have to deal with that aspect of life or death. This book teaches that sometimes something you love will go away forever, but even though they are gone, you can always love and remember them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
    Such a touching and heartwarming read. What a wonderful way to help children and adults deal with the pain of losing a beloved pet. Especially helpful for anyone with an old or ailing dog, and the heartache of "anticipatory grief". As Boomerang would say, as part of his Kindness Network Bylaws, "See with your heart, what may be invisible to your eyes."
    Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY ... Read more


    5. The Best Pet of All
    by David LaRochelle, Hanako Wakiyama
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    Asin: 0525471294
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
    Sales Rank: 4398
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing.The little boy's mother won't let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have a dragon for a pet&150if he can find one.Enter the coolest&150but naughtiest&150pet ever. The dragon is messier and louder than any dog. And he will not leave. How will the boy ever get a dog now?

    Wry, stylish illustrations with an appealing retro look perfectly complement the spare, witty text. A comical, engaging story for anyone who's ever wanted a pet! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
    This is the best children's book I have seen in a long time. I found it browsing in a bookstore for a child's birthday - and now I plan to give it as a gift many times over. The story is great and the illustrations are perfect. Bravo to David and Hanako!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
    I've had a ball reading this book to kids (and to myself). Having trouble convincing Mom to let you have a dog? Well, this little boy has it all figured out. The author has written an upbeat, warm story and the illustrator's additions make the pictures lots of fun to inspect. That is one cool dog substitute this boy invites home. Check it out. Sure to become a favorite at your house. ... Read more


    6. Old Yeller
    by Fred Gipson
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    Asin: 0064403823
    Catlog: Book (1990-10-30)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 10778
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller

    The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

    Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

    1957 Newbery Honor Book
    Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)
    1959 William Allen White Award
    1959 Sequoya Award (Oklahoma)
    1959 Young Readers' Choice Award (Pacific Northwest Library Association)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER! A LOT OF FRIENDSHIP, DRAMATIC DESICIONS...
    Alexandra Y 10/25/02
    Reading Response #5
    Old Yeller By Fred Gipson

    I think that Old Yeller is a good book. There are many carefully described details and thoughtful characters. This book is about a 14-year old boy named Travis who becomes the "man" of his family. While his father is gone, Travis becomes friends with an old, yellow dog who shows up at their cabin. He doesn't like this dog at all until something bad happens to his brother, Arliss and Old Yeller comes to the rescue. This book is filled with friendship, happiness, excitement, and sadness, which reminds me of the movie Shiloh.
    Old Yeller takes place in the Texas hills during the 1860's. The setting is very important because it shows how hard it was to manage living. For example, they didn't have soap back then. They would have to mix lye water with hog fat and boil it. The setting also explains that they lived in the country area and had to prepare very hard each year for the comings of winter. This is one reason why they needed a dog to help. Luckily, Old Yeller joined the family and helped along!
    If I could meet the author, Fred Gipson, I would ask him many questions. Was he the first author to write about a boy and a dog's friendship? Did many people copy his idea because they liked his book? Or did he get his plot idea from another author? Also, I would ask him if this story is true. While reading Old Yeller, I felt as if it really happened because of the wonderful details. I think it would be quite amazing if this plot weren't a true story because I felt that Old Yeller is very realistic and I felt very close to the characters. They have unique personalities.
    Old Yeller reminds me of life in the world. Like the world, this book has sadness, joy, happiness, problems, and pain. In the world there are a lot pain, like when Old Yeller repeatedly gets hit by a rock. I think this is one of the reasons why this book is so interesting to read.
    Old Yeller is a great book. I think that it was a good idea for this book to get a Newbury Honor. I recommend Old Yeller to everyone who likes A Day No Pigs Would Die by R. Peck. Both books are about an animal that becomes an important part of the main character's lives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just a good book
    I just recently read Old Yeller for a book report and I enjoyed it greatly. I give it five stars for being easy to read and heart tugging. Some people like books that tug and this one does. Travis, the oldest boy, has to take charge when he dad leaves for driving cattle. He looks after his mother and his little brother, Arliss. While his dad is gone a dog shows up. He's an ugly Yeller dog, and yet the decided to keep him. Well they go through a lot together, one marking their wild pigs. When they do this, things just go down hill. I'm going to stop right there, and hope you pick this book up and read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Old Yeller Review
    I liked Old Yeller because it is about a young boy whosedad goes away leaves him in charge. He has his work cut out for him and then this dog comes along. At first they dont get along but then the dog saves his brothers life.

    The worst part of the book is when the wild boars catch the dog and slashed his side open. The slash in his side revealed his enternal organs. This leaves him two choices either patch him up or kill him.

    The setting is the most illustrated part of this book. It makes you feel as if you are out west killng and growing what you eat.The description of the wild life is so realistic it seems to walk out of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars old yeller
    I knew when I picked up this book it was going to be a good book.I have read it once before and also seen the movie.I think this is a wonderful book for dog lovers.The book takes place in Western Texas during the western times.It is mostly about how a stray dog stole the hearts of a family. It is also about a boy named Travis who is trying to become a man while his dad is on a cattle drive.I think that most people will enjoy this book because I enjoyed it a lot.I hope you read my reveiw and go to your library and pick up this book

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read the entire Old Yeller series!!
    If you loved Old Yellar read the series including Savage Sam and Little Arliss ( the former two are not so sad but fun reads!) ... Read more


    7. My Animals/ Mis Animales
    by Rebecca Emberley
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    Asin: 0316173436
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 13909
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Following on the great success of her first four bilingual board books, Rebecca Emberley has created another set of brightly colored board books that toddlers and their parents will adore.The subject of each book appeals directly to a child's experience of the everyday world: clothes, food, animals, and toys.It is never too early to begin to learn another language and these four stylish books will help the youngest English and Spanish speakers prepare for the multilingual society in which they will live. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Boring
    This book is simple and kindof boring. The illustrations are not very realistic. My children never got interested in it. There are only a handful of pages with one animal per page. it isn't very exciting at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Spanish/English Series
    Raising a multilingual child is difficult particularly in our mono-lingual culture. It is all too easy to resort to the English default. As a parent I have to make an extra conscious effort to speak Spanish to my daughter and familiarize her ear with the sounds she will hopefully use one day. In this regard bi-lingual books have been essential in helping me to set aside Spanish-time. I have read this series of board books by Rebecca Emberley to my daughter since she was 3-months old and they are still among her favorites at 15 months. These books are ideal for interacting with your baby and toddler in a multilingual fashion. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the pages withstand repeated vigorous turning by little hands. Each page presents a single word in English and Spanish for added comprehension, yet ideal for short attention spans. Thank you for a wonderful series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT series of books to learn words not just espanol!!
    These are a great series of well & simply illustrated books that my son absolutely loves. He knows the spanish words before english (we are primarily english speakers) for so many things, and he learns them here first! My husband has also learned quite a few words from the series as well.... ... Read more


    8. Dear Mrs. La Rue: Letters From Obedience School
    by Mark Teague
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    Asin: 0439206634
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Sales Rank: 4205
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    A clever book for a clever dog, Dear Mrs. LaRue collects a seriesof guilt-inducing letters sent home by the cat-chasing, chicken-pie-eating Iketo his "cruel" owner Mrs. LaRue, whom he hopes will come to her senses andspring him from obedience school.

    Desperate to come home, Ike shows great enthusiasm for stretching the truthabout his treatment at Brotweiler Canine Academy. Illustrator and author MarkTeague has developed a hilariously disdainful and dignified voice for thenot-very-put-upon Ike, but Teague's most cunning innovation is the book'sformat: He splits each spread between what's really happening, done in color,and what Ike's imagining and exaggerating to Mrs. LaRue, in big thought bubblesusing dramatic black and white. As Ike delivers his first letter, in his thoughtbubble we see Ike carted away in the Brotweiler Canine Academy paddy wagon ("WeAim to Tame"!), up a windy road to a scary-looking quasi-Transylvanian compound,complete with lightning and bats; in full-color reality, Brotweiler looks muchmore like the UCLA campus in spring bloom, with a sign pointing to the sauna (onthe right) and the pool (on the left).

    Ike's first carefully typed letter pleads, "How could you do this to me? This isa PRISON, not a school! You should see the other dogs. They are BAD DOGS, Mrs.LaRue! I do not fit in." Subsequent letters describe the staff ("The GUARDS hereare all caught up in this 'good dog, bad dog' thing"), the "crimes" that landedhim there ("I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about the Hibbins' cats.First, they are hardly the little angels Mrs. Hibbins makes them out to be.Second, how should I know what they were doing out on the fire escape in themiddle of January? They were being a bit melodramatic, don't you think?"), andhis eventual plans for escape ("I'm sorry it has come to this, since I am reallya very good dog, but frankly you left me no choice"). Teague drew inspirationfrom a couple of sneaky dogs in his own life; kids and grownups reading Ike'stall tales might be reminded of loyal and misunderstood pooches of their own.(Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Snoopy's successor
    Not since Snoopy himself penned those famous words, "It was a dark and stormy night", has a canine been so eloquent on paper. Having been sent to obedience school for what he deems minor infractions, Ike LaRue finds himself writing pitiful letters to his owner afar. Kids reading this book will have to distinguish between the overdramatic things Ike says and the colorful pictures that display how life really is. As they read the book, children will see that while Ike may state some over-exaggerations, he truly does feel affection for his owner, Mrs. LaRue.

    Author Mark Teague is hardly unknown to the world of children's illustrations. The ever-popular "How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" featured his own unique illustrating methods. But he is just as able an author. "Dear Mrs. LaRue", is an adept melding of text and artistry. In each scene the viewer sees the truth in color, and Ike's fabulous imaginations in bleak black and white. Interestingly enough, it is difficult to say exactly how much Ike says is fanciful. For example, Ike's insistence that he has saved his owner numerable times from speeding vehicles turns out to be more than true at the end of the story. Also, a final shot of the cats Ike has hounded suggests that they may not be the angelic creatures so believed of their owners.

    The book is an excellent one for children, containing more than a few visual jokes for adults. Parents can choose whether or not to explain what Ike's diagnosis of "hypochondria" really means or why they laughed when one of the final pictures displayed a jubilant display of people carrying "I like Ike" signs.

    Mark Teague notes on the book flap that when his own dog wanted attention it would feign a limp, "But if he was distracted by something - a squirrel or an interesting smell - he was likely to forget which paw was supposedly hurt and give himself away". With such an inspiration, this book wasn't necessarily bound to be good. It just happened to work out nicely that way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read Aloud
    I love this book! It's a great read aloud composed of letters written from Ike to his owner about his time stuck in obedience school. A very funny story, which is only enhanced by the splendid illustrations provided by Teague, make this book a storytime winner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Little Details
    This is a really fun book. Children will delight in the contrasting artwork. Adults will appreciate the little details of each illustration. The sarcastic comments of the dog will be humorous to all who read this story. I bought the book for my 5 year-old nephew. While awaiting his birthday, I read it three times.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I like Ike, and so will most children and their parents
    When I came across this book, I knew I had to read it. A dog writing letters home from dog obedience school? How can this not be an enjoyable book? Poor, misunderstood Ike has been sent off to the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy by his harried owner Mrs. Gertrude R. LaRue. Ike does what any dog would do in such a situation; he tries to make his owner feel so guilty about putting him there that she will come and get him. He does have a point of sorts, as the straw that broke the camel's (or, in this case, Mrs. LaRue's) back has two very different sides to it. As the days pass, Ike becomes defensive, then he changes tactics in an effort to show his owner how much she needs him back. Will poor Ike ever see his home again? Will he never again be able to munch on another one of Mrs. LaRue's apple pies? Perish the thought.

    This book is aimed at children four to eight years old, although parents and weird adults like me should also get a kick out of it. The letters are funny, and one could - if one were so inclined - make an object lesson out of comparing Ike's situation with that of a misbehaving child, but the big sell here is really the pictures. Each page is graced with vivid illustrations contrasting the reality of Ike's life at the Academy with the melodramatic visions of oppression and misery he tries to convey in his letters to Mrs. LaRue. If you are looking for that special book to convince your young child that reading is fun, Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School may well be that book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars That's one irrepressible pooch!
    Ike LaRue is a dog wronged. Accused of eating a chicken pie without permission, scaring the neighbor's cats, and tearing his owner's camel hair coat, he finds himself shipped off to a posh obedience school. But Ike, being quite the ham, exaggerates his "imprisonment" in a series of letters to his accusing owner, Mrs. LaRue. Despite his protestations concerning the food, the "guards", and the lousy medical care he receives (being unfairly labeled a "hypochondriac") while in the clutches of the Igor Brotweiler school, his judgmental owner never springs the poor pooch.

    Mark Teague brings his pretentious pup to glowing life in a series of truth vs. fiction illustrations that show Ike's reality in contrast with the imagined conditions he portrays in his notes home. It's difficult not to smile at the lengths Ike goes to in order to prove himself innocent, while pleading for his owner to rescue him from a fate worse than death.

    Is Ike justified in the end? Let's just say that all dogs have their day and Ike's is better than most.

    This is one of those exceedingly rare books that will appeal to children AND parents. The large, lively graphics, wit, and overall cleverness in concept make this an endearing classic already. Even my three year old son, who can in no way understand many of the sly jokes, repeatedly wished to have us read this one - always a great endorsement. On first reading I thought the book was a little much, but it grows on you, getting funnier with each reading. I've never really seen a children's book like this one before and for sheer flair "Dear Mrs. LaRue" gets a big thumbs up. ... Read more


    9. Henry And Mudge First Book
    by Cynthia Rylant
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    Asin: 0689810059
    Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 5012
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    The first book in the acclaimed easy-to-read series featuring Henry and his lovable 180-pound dog, Mudge. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a wonderful friendship!
    As of this writing, there are some 20+ Henry & Mug books, each one a small masterpiece. However, this is the one that started it all!!

    Everything great or small has it's beginning, and in the beginning of THIS book, which begins, in turn, the whole series, we meet our hero, Henry. Henry lives with mom and dad, but he really doesn't have any friends. No other children live on his block, he doesn't have any brothers or sisters. So, he asks for a dog. That dog is Mudge who swiftly goes from a teeny, handful-sized puppy to the 180-pound pooch we know and love through the rest of the series.

    What makes H&M books so wonderful are the bright, simple illustrations that mirror the text and the easy realism of Mudge the dog. Unlike other fictional dogs, Mudge doesn't talk, walk about on his hind legs or save the universe: he is just a big, happy, loving pooch who, like dogs everywhere, is totally dedicated to his pal, Henry. He's like a real dog... a real BIG dog, but a real dog nonetheless. He falls asleep when he's bored, he follows Henry everywhere and is unhappy when Henry's not around, and occasionally he eats things he's not supposed to. Practically any child would love to have a companion like Mudge.

    H&M are one of those rare types of books that easily fall between two categories: picture books and chapter books. They're well illustrated and the text is simple and easy to read, but the story is also divided up into chapters (usually three). This makes these books perfect for young readers who may feel that they are starting to move beyond picture books but may not be ready for full-blown chapter books with little or no illustrations. The stories are simple and comfortable and the stuff of everyday life, so a child doesn't need to have a great deal of worldly experience climbing mountains or leaping tall buildings in a single bound to see that reading can be fun.

    If you start here with Henry & Mudge, by all means, don't stop here! Go on to enjoy all the other adventures that these two share! You and your children will never be disappointed!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great for the reluctant reader
    My son was reluctant to read in his elementary school days. This series caught his attention and by the time he finished all the books in the series that we could find he was intrigued enough with reading to go on to other books. Now, he is a high school senior with stellar SAT scores. I'll give partial credit to Henry and Mudge!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series!
    I just wanted to say that I unexpectedly found myself homeschooling my 1st grade son for part of the year and I have no idea what I would have done without Henry and Mudge! The series has really gotten my son's reading off the ground. We have read every book in the series that we could get our hands on and we're looking forward to new ones being released. Every book in the series is well written, interesting and has just the right amount of humor without being outrageously silly. The Henry and Mudge series are my son's favorite books by far - they are great books for a beginning reader.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book review by a 7 and 9 year old boy
    I like this book because the pictures are amazing. It is a great book for all ages and easy to read.

    I thought it was a good book for me and my brother because it wasn't too easy and it wasn't too hard. It was about right, and the pictures were good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST BOOK OF MANY
    My son, a kindergartener, was truly driven to read by Henry and Mudge and their fun, loving relationship. He now reads to his delighted 3 year old brother. Thank goodness the adventures continue in so many wonderful books. Don't stop here! Puddle Trouble, Green Time, Yellow Moon, Sparkle Days, Long Weekend, Starry Night......all simple, pleasant stories. ... Read more


    10. Harry the Dirty Dog 50th Anniversary Edition
    by Gene Zion
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    Asin: 006443009X
    Catlog: Book (1976-11-30)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 47816
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Harry the dirty dog is a classic kid's story
    I remember reading this book when I was in school and I always enjoyed it.

    Harry takes off from his family, and gets so dirty they don't recognize him. He has a fun time around town, but when he realizes his family does not know him, he needs to have a bath to prove that he is their dog.

    This is a cute story, which my 7 year old loves to read over and over. A five star read for kids of any age.

    3-0 out of 5 stars To wash him is to know him
    The book I read was Harry the Dirty Dog. I like this book because of the illustrations. The dog in the story is cute. I also like the plot of the story. The dog doesn't like to have baths. He runs away and gets dirty. He is so dirty his family does not recognize him. Finally he begs for a bath and gets one. His family realizes it is him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Adventure and Drama
    Harry runs away to avoid a bath, sending the reading along for a journey through all the dirtiest (and most fun) places in the nearby city streets. Of course all adventurers eventually have to come home. Here the story does a wonderful parody/reversal on the recognition scene in the Odyssey, where it is Harry who can't be recognized for his "disguise" of a black sooty coat with white spots. Eventually though the power of the dreaded bath, he's finally revealed and reunited with his family.

    4-0 out of 5 stars In the bawth, in the bawth
    A trip back in time to 1956. Let it never be said that fantastic female illustrators are a new phenomenon. Margaret Bloy Graham's attention to detail and delightful characters back in the day resulted in this lovely tale of a filthy dog. Perusing the pages of 'Harry the Dirty Dog', the reader is drawn into a delightful story that encompasses all times and all places. It is a story that has stood up well over the years.

    Harry is a white dog with black spots who is NOT fond of baths. After hiding his scrub brush and hi-tailing it away from his home, Harry becomes so terribly dirty that he resembles a black dog with white spots. When his own family doesn't recognize him, Harry must take drastic measures to make his way back into the family's heart.

    Harry's an adorable little mutt. The book isn't making any intentional social commentary, but I did love the variety of places Harry got into. Look, he's playing near the construction workers! Look, he's down at the railroad! Look, he's sliding down a coal shoot! It's nice to see jobs in a kids book that aren't all posh upper middle class desk occupations. Admittedly, sometimes the book's published date is obvious. Where, after all, are all the black people? Any minority at all? This is a world full of white white whites. Still, how much do you hold a book accountable for such things when it is thoroughly lacking in any other problems?

    Harry's family members look like nothing so much as early prototypes of Harry Bliss (the New Yorker cartoonist), by the way. Those big black Orphan Annie eyes. Altogether, this is a good book for any adult that wants to remember a time tinged in nostalgia. Kids will feel for Harry, just as they are relieved that he makes back home okay in the end. Any child that loves doggies will adore this book. It may even serve those adults that want a story that applauds the virtues of keeping clean. A fine piece of work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Story!!!
    This is a very simple, but powerful little tale, with the dog taking the part of the teacher. The dog hides the bathtub brush because he doesn't want a bath and then he runs away from home. Then he goes on an adventure and gets dirty and even dirtier as the tale goes. Then he comes to his senses and returns home, only to have the family not recognize him, until...he finds the brush he hid and then it all turns out alright. The artwork is pretty basic and wonderful and it communicates the story so well. A very well done book. Kudos to the writer and illustrator!!! ... Read more


    11. Sally Goes to the Beach
    by Stephen Huneck
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    Asin: 0810941864
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 45795
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    Something is happening--black Lab Sally can feel it in the air. When she sees the suitcase, she knows it for sure--she and her human companion (who appears only as an arm or pair of feet now and then) are going on vacation! Soon they're off to an island in the ocean. Along the way, Sally sees birds, boats, lots of other dogs, and even a whale. At the beach, Sally explores and plays. "The air smells great, just like cat food!"

    This simple tale of a holiday adventure is perfect for any child planning--or reminiscing about--a trip to the shore. Stephen Huneck's text is a quiet tribute to the magic of a sunny day in the sand and surf. But the indisputable wonder of this book is the artwork. Internationally known artist Huneck created every woodcut print by hand, drawing the design in crayon, then carving one block of wood for each color in the appropriate shape. The result is a stunning collection of brightly colored woodcut prints showing spry Sally diving in the ocean, riding boats, and digging holes in the sand. As in his clever My Dog's Brain, Huneck modeled Sally after his very own Labrador retriever, also named Sally. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Dog's Life
    We see things from Sally's perspective- the story told with humor and wonderful pictures. My 3 year old granddaughter and I hope Sally goes to a lot more places- the beach, mountains and farm could be just the start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read!
    I thought this book would be fun for my son since we have a black lab, but I underestimated how much I would enjoy it too! The illustrations are incredible and the text is witty and really seems to show life from a dog's point of view! Highly recommend particularly if you have or like dogs!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for lab owners...
    This book is great for anyone who loves to take their dog with them. It gives you insight into what your dog is thinking while you're packing for vacation, lounging on the beach, etc. Once again, beautiful illustrations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovable Labs
    I purchased this book for my toddler after learning about Stephen Huneck and his art work. It's adorable! This is now my daughter's favorite book. Especially, since we happen to have a black Labrador who looks like "Sally" and acts like "Sally." This book is illustrated very simply with bright colors and simple text that make it a quick read. Overall, a great story about a cute black Lab that goes on a trip to the beach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked funny.
    This guy thinks like a dog. A fun ride on the ferry and a perfect summer day. What more could a black lab want? ... Read more


    12. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
    by Judith Viorst
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    Asin: 0689712030
    Catlog: Book (1987-09-30)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 24429
    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...

    But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An educational tool for the coping skills dealing with loss
    This has been one of my favorite books, for myself, my friends, and for use in my work with children. The story is simple, touching, and gives a beautifully positive way to cope with any loss--remembering the good things. The story specifically deals with the death of a young boy's cat and the funeral that follows, as well as the concept of the circle of life. The mother in the story asks her son to think of ten good things about the cat. This task helps him remember the things he liked about his cat and takes his mind off the pain he feels. The concept of concentrating on good memories about someone who is gone is excellent, and an easy way to begin the healing process and encourage a child to talk about his feelings. I've even used the idea when I've had to separate from the children I've worked with. I tell them the ten good things I will remember about them. Outstanding book--timeless!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book About Death from the Point of View of a Little Boy
    The little boy who is the narrator of this book has just had his pet cat Barney die. He can only think of nine good things about Barney, until the day after the funeral, when he spends the day in the garden with his father. The plot is extremely simple and spare, but the book depicts grief very well, and so we understand just how broken-hearted the little boy is, and how much he loved his cat. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney is an excellent springboard for families of every religious persuasion (including agnostics and atheists) to discuss what they feel happens after we die. My bright, perceptive and sensitive four-year-old has been asking a lot of questions lately -- about birth and death -- and I used this book to explain death to him. The book was extremely powerful for him, and helped him to put into words many questions that he had, and helped me to answer them for him as best I could. The writing is excellent, and perfectly captures the voice of a young boy, and the illustrations are elegant. It's a classic book, and belongs in every library.

    3-0 out of 5 stars You don't wanna know the 10th good thing
    I finally read this book after years and years of hearing it hyped as the perfect book to help a child deal with the loss of a pet, so I expected a lot.

    It's not a bad book. I've always liked Judith Viorst's wry voice that seems to capture children's unsure moments so perfectly, and "...Barney" has a lot of that.

    The particular details of the story are even good -- I love that the boy's mother wraps Barney in a piece of cloth before they bury him. I love that the boy's best friend attends the funeral to hear him recite the nine best things about Barney. I love the little argument they have after the funeral, about whether Barney is really in heaven, or if he's just in the ground.

    But the book takes a jarring twist when the boy decides what the 10th good thing about Barney is. The 10th good thing is basically that Barney is dead and rotting. OK, OK -- dead and rotting and therefore helping flowers to grow. Life will come from his death, and yes, that is the message.

    But really. Basically the 10th good thing about Barney is that he's dead and rotting. I'm a fairly morbid person, very interested in the process of death and decomposition, but I think the ending of this story is too morbid to present to young children at the end of this otherwise sweet, sentimental story. It doesn't seem to fit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing good to say about the 10th good thing....
    I work in a school library and as a cat lover am always seeking out the cat books. This one caught my eye and I was expecting something wonderful. I found the story to be hopeless and defeating. How sad the only comfort the father has to offer is composting tips and the last memory the child has to hold is that of a decomposing cat. I'm no censor, but two thumbs way down. Also, if you are looking for something wonderful for pet loss, try Cynthia Rylant's, Cat Heaven!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and sensitive, for all ages
    Beautifully simple and sensitive portrayel. Could be a comfort for all ages. Keep it in your library to read and reread. Similar to BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY, which is also a tale for all ages about dealing with the pain of pet loss and grief. ... Read more


    13. Rascal
    by Sterling North, John Schoenherr
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    Asin: 0140344454
    Catlog: Book (1990-02-01)
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Sales Rank: 66819
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    Rascal is only a baby when young Sterling brings him home. He and the mischievousraccoon are best friends for a perfect year of adventure—until the spring day wheneverything suddenly changes.

    A Newbery Honor Book
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful adventure
    It could have been anyone, the person who found Rascal. But it was our good fortune that it was Sterling North, a writer-to-be who could give us all the wonderful details of Rascal's magnetic personality. The insight into North's childhood was a delight -- his father's instinctive (or was it neglectful?) way of giving the boy responsibilities. The canoe in the living room, kept there unfinished due to the expenses of reining in the pesky little critter. I sensed the coming of a dark ending. But, no, it was simply perfect. I can't imagine a reader not loving this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rascal
    Rascal is a very good book. It's about a boy named Sterling. He goes out in the woods with his friend Oscar and his dog Wowser. The dog starts digging at a rotting stump and all of a sudden a mother racoon pops out and starts running up a tree. Sterlig finds a baby racoon and takes it home as a pet. And thats how the friendship begins. I recommend that you read Rascal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Rascal" and "Rascal, der Waschbär"
    This is a lovely book about a boy and his pet raccoon which does not lose anything in the translation into German as far as I am concerned. I think that this book, along with his later book "Raccoons Are The Brightest People" as well as "Frosty: A Raccoon To Remember" by Harriet E. Weaver, and "Raccoons, A Natural History" by Samuel I. Zevelhoff are the big four books about the wonderful critters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rascal
    This is a story about a boy with a pet raccoon. His mother has passed away and his dad lets him have all kinds of pets and even build a canoe in the living room. Rascal is a racoon living a happy life with his family, until Sterling catches him, then it gets happier. He went everywhere with Sterling. Seeing new sights, smelling new smells, it's all a daily routine, until it is messed with by other people who weren't so fond of him. He was caged, and put on a leash. That is no life for a racoon. Sterling decides to let Rascal decide, eternal freedom, or life with Sterling? This was a refreshing change to read after "Where the Red Fern Grows" which is about a boy
    whose passion is killing raccoons. There aren't many books out there for older boys that don't concentrate on violence. This is one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Rascal
    Rascal is a very good book,because it was very extciting.I think people woulld realy enjoy reading the book.Some of the charaters are Sterling, and Rascal.It was very good book. ... Read more


    14. The Yearling (Scribner Classics)
    by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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    Asin: 0684184613
    Catlog: Book (1985-10-01)
    Publisher: Atheneum
    Sales Rank: 52245
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Fighting off a pack of starving wolves, wrestling alligators in theswamp, romping with bear cubs, drawing off the venom of a giant rattlesnake bite with the heart of a fresh-killed deer--it's all in a day's work for the Baxter family of the Florida scrublands. But young Jody Baxter is not content with these electrifying escapades, or even with the cozy comfort of home with Pa and Ma. He wants a pet, a friend with whom he can share his quiet cogitations and his corn pone. Jody gets his pet, a frisky fawn he calls Flag, but that's not all. With Flag comes a year of life lessons, frolicking times, and achingly hard decisions. This powerful book is as compelling now as when it was written over 60 years ago. Read simply as a naturalist study of the Florida interior, it fascinates and entices. Add the heart-stopping adventure and heart-wrenching human elements, and this is a classic well worth its Pulitzer Prize. Earthy dialect and homespun wisdom season the story, giving it a unique and unforgettable flavor, and N.C. Wyeth's warm, soft illustrations capture an era of rough subsistence and sweet survival. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Yearling
    My Review of the Yearling

    Do you enjoy reading books that involve suspense, thrilling hunting chases, conflict, and love? Then The Yearling is the right book for you. The Yearling's main characters are Jody, Ma (Ory), and Pa (Penny) Baxter. The Baxter family farms for a living and they barely get by with the meager rations they obtain from their crops and hunting.
    Because life in South Central Florida is tough, Ma Baxter is very concerned about not having enough to survive. It has made her be insensitive and she is strict with Jody and does not have a good relationship with him. On the other hand Penny Baxter is more laid back and relaxed and Jody gets along wit him just fine.
    The Forresters are the Baxter's neighbors. They have an easier life than the Baxters because they are wealthier and don't have to work as hard as the Baxters to survive. Jody is a friend with one of the Forresters' sons. His name is Fodder-wing and he is a cripple. Although Fodder-wing cannot do all the things other boys his age can do, he has a way with animals. Jody is also fond of animals and visits Fodder-wing and his many pets as often as he can.
    Jody wishes he could have something to call his own like Fodder-wing's animals, but Ma will not allow it. When Penny shoots a doe and its fawn is left all alone, Jody cannot help to feel sorry for it. So he begs Penny to let him keep it. Penny agrees and Jody goes into the woods to find it. Finally Jody has something to call his own.
    I think The Yearling is an interesting book. The author tells the account so well because she actually lived in South Central Florida for a while. She is very good writer. She uses descriptive words to make the book come alive. Although the book is very well written it is hard to understand and is annoying to read when the characters talk. They have a strong accent and use horrible grammar. Still the book is very well written.
    My favorite part of the book is when Jody and Penny go hunting. It is very interesting to read and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. It feels like you're right next to the Baxter's hunting dogs chasing a bear or a deer through the woods.
    In this book there is conflict between families, sickness, death, and fighting to name some of the not so happy parts of the book. But on the brighter side there is Jody and his fawn that he loves so much. During the book Jody watches as his fawn becomes a yearling and Penny watches as Jody becomes a man.

    By: Nick Nendel
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Allows a reader to experience life in another time.
    Want to experience the Florida under the layers of concrete and Mickey Mouse ears? Read this book. The era is just after the Civil War when Florida had no lights or electric guitars. The story is poignant and real and though not for young children, young adults and teenagers will, for the most part enjoy it. A mature reader will learn about the flora and fauna of the area without realizing it and will certainly enjoy Ms. Rawlings gift. The characters are diverse and rich and I especially enjoyed the Forresters. If you are in a great hurry, or if you want to be artifically stimulated by high speed chases or chariots taveling at warp speed, then don't pick it up. But if you have never been to Florida, and you want to see the sun sparkling on a blue green spring surrounded by giant oaks with moss swaying on an April breeze, then read THE YEARLING and just close your eyes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
    Amazing book about the love between a boy and a deer in central Florida. The book shows how hard life was in the early 1900's and how people had to work so hard for their lives. It has a very sad ending, but a very realistic one. The Yearling is a classic that I will always remember. If you like this book, check out Where the Red Fern Grows, and The Call of the Wild.

    2-0 out of 5 stars What's The Fuss All About?
    I got this book for my birthday as a teenager, and it sat on my shelf unread for about ten years because I had other books I already wanted to read. Now, having read it ten years after receiving it, I can say without reservation that I wish it had stayed on my shelf. I knew it was a classic novel about a deer and a boy's coming of age, and that was it, so I had no preconceived ideas about the book.

    I have to say it was disappointing in the extreme. While I enjoyed the description of daily life in the Florida of the late 19th century, I found the ending to be a complete letdown. There is no purpose to the ending except to convey the idea that being an adult is lonely and that the dreams of childhood are useless once you gain adulthood. Rather than feeling that the boy had gained a sense of maturity and growth, I felt that he was now dropped on his behind and left to wander aimlessly into his adult life. There's no rhyme or reason to the pessimistic ending of this book. If I wanted to be that depressed, I'd watch "Old Yeller" a few thousand times.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Yearling
    The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, is a touching book about a boy and his fawn. I liked this book because it was neat to see the relationship between the boy and Flag (his fawn). It showed how far Jody would go to keep his pet from out of trouble. Also, it seemed that the more problems Flag created, the stronger the bond came among them. Another reason why I liked this book is because it was fun to read about life during that time period. It was interesting to read of all they had to do, especially when it came to walking long distance. If they forgot to tell someone something, they'd have to walk all the way back just to say what they needed to say. Furthermore, when they lived by "neighbors", they still lived fairly far away from each other. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a great book. ... Read more


    15. All God's Creatures Go To Heaven
    by Amy Nolfo-Wheeler, N. A. Noel
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    Asin: 0965253104
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
    Publisher: Noel Studio
    Sales Rank: 117848
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    The angel paintings of artist Nancy Noel beautifully portray Amy Nolfo-Wheeler's story of Jacob, a child angel on a journey of discovery.This keepsake book, in heavenly color, features a glow-in-the-dark cover.An inspiring message of hope and joy for children and other youthful spirits. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
    A wonderful book! I give one to everyone I know who is struggling in dealing with this type of loss.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!!!!!!!
    Incredible illustrations and wonderful story!! Bought it for my children as I loved the message and thought it would be good in the loss of a pet. Now I find myself in the position of supporting a friend's child as he prepares to die after a 5 yr. battle with cancer. NEVER thought I'd need it for that but was thrilled to find the main character's age (6 yrs old)is the same as this child. I know this book will help him on his journey!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Eases feelings at the loss of a pet
    For anyone who loves animals and has experienced the loss of one, this story supports the emotional attachment and makes us feel the pet is in a great place. We hope for our pets to be taken care of without us, and this story sets just that stage.
    The illustrations support the story and are beautiful in their own right. I have given this book to three friends with children who have lost family pets and all three felt it provided a kind word at that most difficult time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book!
    This is a must have for anyone with children or who work with children! I still can't read it without tears coming to my eyes. I am the director at a Christian preschool and we have read it many times when hearing questions of pets dying. The story helps children to cope with the lose by helping them envision their pet in a happy, beautiful place with children angels who love them. It also emphasizes the joy of one day being reunited again. Please order this book now or keep the title for future reference. I have never done a book review for Amazon but felt compelled to do one on this book! You won't be sorry!

    5-0 out of 5 stars All Gods Creatures Go To Heaven
    This book is wonderful. It was a gift to my daughter and I highly recommend it. I know a family who has had a young (very young) girl pass away. I decided to look for this book to give to her older brother who is only 3, to show him that his baby sister is with the Angels. This book would help anyone (even adults) feel better about a death of a child. Highly recommend. ... Read more


    16. The Old Woman Who Named Things
    by Cynthia Rylant
    list price: $6.00
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    Asin: 0152021027
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
    Publisher: Voyager Books
    Sales Rank: 6199
    Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    How does an old woman who has outlived all her friends keep from being lonely? By naming the things in her life she knows she will never outlive--like her house, Franklin, and her bed, Roxanne. When a shy brown puppy appears at her front gate, the old woman won’t name it, because it might not outlive her. Tender watercolors capture the charm of this heartwarming story of an old woman who doesn’t know she’s lonely until she meets a plucky puppy who needs a name--and someone to love.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest children books ever!
    I don't know why this book didn't get more attention. If I had to choose one children's book as my favorite, this may well be it. And it's never failed me when I've read it for children either - each time, a hush comes over the room.

    What's interesting to me about this book, it's one of the few children's books that don't have any 'children' characters. Basically, it's the story about a lonely woman finding a dog, but, like all great books, there's all kinds of other things put in on top of that - old age, death, the memory of good friends and the lesson that you have to be willing to risk and lose in order to love and be happy.

    Cynthia Rylant has written a very special book here and I urge you to get this book. You will not be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than I expected!
    I bought this book because, well, my grandma is an old woman who names things. I was really pleased with it. I didn't take to the illustrations at first, but they really grew on me; I love all the colors and details (from the car's smile to the woman's paisley pants). The story is touching and held my attention well; it really is great for children and adults alike. My parents liked it, and I hope to read it to my children someday. I'm so glad The Old Woman Who Named Things showed up in my amazon.com recommendations!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The woman who took a risk
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lose every one you know? Read and find out how life is like without any friends in this book called the Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant.
    In this book there is an old woman who has outlived every one of her friends. She decides to name her car,her bed, and her chair. One day a small brown dog comes to her house.The dog has no name. He comes regularly. One day the dog stopped coming back. Will she find the dog and keep it as her own? Read and find out!
    I like this book because it shows that people should take risks and try new things. I recommend this book to people who have a hard time making friends.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Old Woman Who Named Things
    The book The Old Woman Who Name Things is a good story. I think it's good for all ages. The old lady named her bed Roxanne, her Car Betsy, her old chair Fred and her old house Franklin. She has outlived all of her friends. One day a stray dog wanders into her yard. She feeds him and tells him to go home. The dog leaves and returns every day for more to eat. Then one day the dog doesn't come. A few days go by and she doesn't see the dog. The old lady gets worried so she calls the pound and asks about him. They said they might have him.
    She decides to go to see if he's there. He is, so she takes him home with her and names him Lucky. This story is funny and makes the characters seem real. Parents will want to keep reading this story over and over again to their children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent artwork!
    I bought this wonderful little book because I love Ms. Rylant's book, "Cat Heaven" and had intended to give it to my grandson, but I'm keeping it for myself I love it so much (I can read it to him when he visits!) The illustrations are awesome. I love the little old lady's outfit, complete with flowered baggy pants and pointy-toed cowboy boots. Readers from age 5 to 99 out there need this book about love, life and loss. It'll make you smile. ... Read more


    17. My Life in Dog Years
    by GARY PAULSEN
    list price: $5.50
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    Asin: 0440414717
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-08)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 20083
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells the story of one special dog, among them Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mary: A "Dog Lover" Plus
    This book is about a man named Gary Paulsen and all of the dogs he has owned that have had an effect on his life. Each chapter is about a different dog, and what it did to make the dog special to Gary.
    Because I am a "dog lover" I thought this book was great. It is written very well and I think it was worth reading. I like how it is about all different kinds of dogs, each dog has different personality and a different story. It's pretty exciting to read because you're always wondering what the next dog is going to do, whether it is saving someone's life or just making someone smile. Until you read My Life In Dog Years you probably won't realise the impact our pets or animals can have on our lives. There is an amazing relationship that we have with our pets and this book captures that.
    I recommend My Life In Dog Years to only people who truly love dogs. If you are not a "dog person" then I highly doubt you would enjoy this book. My Life In Dogs Years is written at a 6th grade level, but it is read by all different ages. It is a great book and if you love dogs then I guarantee you will love this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dog lovers, Paulsen fans, YA lovers, you've GOT to read it!
    Gary Paulsen never lets me down. Written at about a 6th grade level, the text is still eloquent, wonderful writing with stories I enjoyed even as an adult reader. Paulsen chronicles his amazing life through the lens of a dog lover, relating his own experiences with several of his dog friends over the years. As an avid Paulsen fan and a "dog person" myself, I could not put the book down, and found myself going from tears to nodding my head in recognition to laughing out loud. I've got a long list of fellow "dog people" with whom I can't wait to share this treasure!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dogs a Million
    I chose this book, bcause it really looked interesting. This book is about the author, Gary Paulsen, and some of his dogs he has owned. My favorite dog was Josh, because he was the smartest and he always watched over his owner and friends. My favorite part was when another dog of his, Quincy, had jumped out of Paulsen's car into Dairy Queen. Over all, this book was too good to put down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming -- not maudlin -- read
    What a wonderful book, simply written in E.B. White style, with each chapter a jewel. I cried at the end of each installment! I purchased three copies as gifts for others. A must read, and not just for children, for doglovers of all ages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    Very touching and interesting account of several dogs that touched the author's life in some way. Great for younger readers, but will entertain all ages. ... Read more


    18. The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa
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    Asin: 0060289333
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-31)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 4382
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com's Best of 2001

    "It was a great day for a picnic," begins Marc Simont's lovely,touching, happy-ending picture book, The Stray Dog. And indeed, judgingfrom the opening spread's clear skies, sparkling water, zooming boats, andadventure-bound cars it looks to be so. The story begins as a scruffy little dogmakes an appearance at a family's picnic. The children name him Willy, and bythe end of the day they desperately want to take him home. The family drivesaway, but all week they can think of nothing but their new furry friend. Theyreturn to picnic at the same spot the very next week, much to Willy's goodfortune--and that of the newly smitten family.

    As in all the best illustrated children's books, Simont lets his pictures tellthe story. We don't have to be told how wrenching it is for the kids to leaveWilly behind--we see their small outstretched arms out the car window and thepuppy watching them go. Simont doesn't have to tell us that the next Saturdaythe family is completely preoccupied with the possibility of another Willysighting. We see the family, silent, munching, and just to the side is a plateof meat they've put out, just in case. Young readers will adore this simple taleof puppy love, but adults will be equally charmed. Simont illustrated his firstbook in 1939, and since then has illustrated nearly 100 titles, including the1949 Caldecott Honor Book TheHappy Day, by Ruth Krauss and Janice May Udry's A Tree Is Nice, winner of the1957 Caldecott Medal. This book is our favorite so far of the year! (Ages 4 to8) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I bought this book in a paperback version at a book fair. I heard good things about it and I like Marc Simont's illustrations in other books. I picked it up because it is a Caldecott Honor Book. It turns out to be a beautiful story that everyone in the family will enjoy. It is based on a true story but depicted in a way that children can understand the storyline easily. It shows children that fall in love with a stray and the parents tell the kids that the dog must belong to someone else. Eventually, everyone in the family is thinking about the dog and what happened with him. At the end of the week, they return to find the dog running from the dog catcher. I am not sure if children are familiar with dog catchers but it can lead into a discussion. It shows that the family is willing to take on the responsibility of loving a stray. It shows empathy to animals and caring by kids. Children need to learn love animals but to be careful of stray animals. However, children will be moved by this sweet story and cheer for the dog! I definitely recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love at First Sight
    One Saturday a very nice family of four go to the park for a picnic and find a straggly stray pup. They name him Willy and spend the day playing with him. When it's time to pack up and go, the children want to take Willy home with them, but their parents tell them no, Willy probably belongs to someone else and they sadly leave him behind. The next week is excruciatingly long and whole family spends it thinking about Willy. When Saturday comes, they go back to the park on the pretense of another picnic, but are really hoping to find Willy. Just when they think they'll never see him again, he appears, in the dog catcher's net. Happily, the family claims him...Willy's found a new home and they've found a new pet..... Award winner, Marc Simont has written a lovely, gentle, true to life story that will capture your family's heart. His simple and straighforward text is only outdone by his very detailed and expressive artwork. While looking at these illustrations, youngsters will actually feel the joy of finding this little furry friend, sense the sadness of leaving him behind and worry, right along with the family, about his welfare. This is a terrific picture book, perfect for kids aged 3-7, your entire family can share and a wonderful addition to all home libraries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Stray Dog
    My children(ages 6,4,2) and I love this book. It has a lovely little story with a very nice message. Any parent or child who loves animals, especially dogs, will love this story. The illustrations are lovely too. Highly recommended for children aged 2-8.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and beautifully illustrated
    There are certain books that I hope my 3-year-old will pick out for me to read to her. You know the type; you move them to her eye level and hope that the power of suggestion works. This is one of those books.

    The illustrations are so beautiful, I wish I could find the original galleys for the book and frame them. The story is everything that's good in the world: compassionate children, understanding parents and (of course) happy dogs.

    There was an earlier reviewer who was appalled the story didn't have the parents bring the dog to the SPCA to go through the proper channels for adoption. A nice thought, but I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and I have news for you: If people didn't rescue strays, shelters would be more overcrowded than they are now. The way of the world is 100 abandoned animals come into a shelter for every 1 that is reunited with an owner. With that in mind, "The Stray Dog" is even more touching.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A winner
    This lovely book, a true story, spans several age groups--2 year olds can respond to pictures of the puppy, the family, the picnic, while older kids can relate to missing the dog during the week and the children's successful effort to claim him as their own. The author uses simple enough language for beginning readers without being simplistic, accompanied by excellent color illustrations. The Caldecott prize is well-deserved. ... Read more


    19. Sally Goes to the Mountains
    by Stephen Huneck
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    Asin: 0810944855
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 32523
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Sally can't wait. This affable black Lab and her human pal (appearingonly occasionally as a partially offstage arm or lap) are going camping in themountains. She's read all about the animals up there--rabbits, bears, moose,owls, beavers, skunks--and is itching to get to know each and every one. Theyload up the van with gear and plenty of dog food, and Sally snuggles down tosleep for the long ride, while visions of songbirds and berry-munching bearsdance in her head. This irresistible canine is well acquainted with road tripsafter her earlier trip to the beach (Sally Goes to the Beach). Doglovers especially will be amused by Sally's innocent ramblings and her dreamyfixation on food. Internationally acclaimed artist Stephen Huneck createsfantastic hand-carved woodblock prints of the stocky Lab (who also starred inhis My Dog's Brain) andmiscellaneous mountain critters, creating the kind of art that will linger longin a reader's memory. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A book for any age!
    Sally Goes to the Mountains is a book I would give as a gift to any dog lover from 4 to 94. It's colorful illustrations, charming and witty captions, subject matter and size makes it the perfect coffee table book. I'll cherish mine forever. I can't wait for the next "Sally" book and plan to visit the huneck.com website to choose a special framed print from this very special book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars With bright, superbly crafted woodcut prints
    In Sally Goes To The Mountains, author/illustrator Stephen Huneck draws upon his award-winning expertise to take young readers on a romp with a fun-loving black Labrador named Sally. Sally goes for a ride to the mountains where she encounters bears, moose, rabbits, and skunks! There are berries to pick, sticks to fetch, and a lake to swim in. Huneck's bright, superbly crafted woodcut prints perfectly capture the joy of a dog's outing in the mountains for young readers. Also highly recommended is the earlier volume of Sally's adventures, Sally Goes To The Beach (0810941864, [price]).

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for Huneck fans and animal lovers.
    I bought this book for my mom as a present. She already owns the other "Sally" books and loved this one too. The illustrations are beautiful and very whitty. My favorite is the giant moose with Sally. The Sally books aren't just for Lab owners or children--any pet lover will enjoy them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Fun Continues!
    After buying and reading "Sally Goes to the Beach" I couldn't wait to go out and buy this book-"Sally Goes to the Mountains!" Not only does my daughter love this book but all of my friends and their friends. Anyone with a dog (or not) will love this book! The images are bright, colorful and fun. In this book we to go to the mountains with Sally and experience fun adventures with her. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with dogs, a sense of humor and taste for adventure. Not to mention my daughter who keeps asking what and where Sally's next adventure might be. I know I can't wait to find out! ... Read more


    20. I Wanna Iguana
    by Karen Kaufman Orloff, David Catrow
    list price: $15.99
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    Asin: 0399237178
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Putnam
    Sales Rank: 79146
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    Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so heputs his arguments in writing. He promises that she won't have to feed it orclean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. Of course Mom imagineslife with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home.Alex's reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I'llbe married by then and probably living in my own house. and his mom's replies:How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile? willhave kids in hysterics as the negotiations go back and forth through notes. Andthe lively, imaginative illustrations show their polar opposite dreams of lifewith an iguana. ... Read more


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