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The Poet’s Dog

Narrated by a dog who can understand humans and be understood by poets and children, The Poet’s Dog is a beautifully written story about love, loss and understanding. The dog finds a boy and a girl during a snow storm … Continue reading

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Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship

Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship by Martin Springett and photographed by Isobel Springett is the true story of a rescued fawn the mutual caring that developed with a Great Dane. Sweet and unlikely, yes, but even more interesting is what happens after … Continue reading


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Rain Reign

Rose lives with her dad and her dog, Rain, and goes to a school where no one is as interested in homonyms as she is. She also likes rules and prime numbers and Uncle Weldon, who drives her to school … Continue reading

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Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake

Sometimes we need a light read about life in school, a best friend and the new girl who changes everything. Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake by Julie Sternberg fits the bill, and it’s in light verse to boot. It’s all hard … Continue reading

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Ice Dogs

There’s nothing more refreshing than reading about winter during the dog days of summer.  Ice Dogs is about dogs, dogsledding and the incredible bond between humans and dogs that only grows deeper during dangerous adventures. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Secord lives for racing … Continue reading

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Bark, George

What happens when a puppy won’t bark? Bark, George by Jules Feiffer is a fun, unpredictable text for the young and nonconformist. Illustrations are cartoonish, hinting at comic undertones and hyperbole. Read it to the very young for laughter, and read with … Continue reading

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The Night I Followed The Dog

The Night I Followed the Dog is a fun and suspenseful read for anyone who wonders just what a dog’s life is all about–after we go to bed.  Filled with dogs who turn anthropomorphic at night, Nina Laden‘s picture book shows … Continue reading

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Little Dog, Lost

It’s not only Buddy, the little dog, who is lost and longing for a friend, but there’s a boy, Mark, and an old, lonely man, Larue, who are longing for companionship too. Little Dog, Lost entwines three stories in a poetic, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Magic

Okay, here’s a book recommended to me by my nine-year-old. I admit, I didn’t expect to like it. The cover didn’t draw me in, but the first paragraph, and then the first chapter and then the next chapter filled me … Continue reading

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Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Ike, Mrs. LaRue’s dog, has an active imagination that makes for more interesting letters to his owner than reality.  Sent to obedience school, Ike feels he is unjustly imprisoned and so he escapes.  Colourful illustrations show what’s really happening, while … Continue reading

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