Hello Goodbye Dog – by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Patrice Barton


   Hello Goodbye Dog – by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Patrice Barton, Roaring Book Press, 9781626721777, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Zara is in a wheelchair and her dog Moose is always at her side. When she leaves one day to go to school, Moose (who hates goodbyes) finds a way to be with her. After many escapes from home, Moose is finally put in a cage to await Zara’s return from school. He’s miserable, and Zara is miserable until she finds a solution to the problem. Moose is trained as a therapy dog and is welcomed anywhere Zara goes. This is a wonderful introduction to the world of therapy dogs, which differ from service dogs. The author’s note at the end educates us on therapy dogs and gives a website for more information.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book, especially the author’s note at the end of the story.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 3-5 will like this book and any older child who might want to train their dog to be a therapy dog. Adults reading this book might get the idea to train their dog as a therapy dog and bring it into a classroom to encourage reading.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, pre-schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.

Date of review: July 25, 2017

 

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