Sunday, July 24, 2016

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Madeline does not like to read.  She has trouble with the words, others make fun of her, and she can just do without reading.  That isn't true in school or in life.  She tries.  She really tries and all she gets is hearts that say try harder.  She wants a star...

Peachtree Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.

This book is close to my heart.  I've been reading since age three and I've helped others learn to read by reading together, letting them read to me and finding them books that they will enjoy.  This book talks about a new way to help children learn and it's even more special.

Since Madeline can't read well enough to get a star, her mother takes her to the library.  The librarian asks to come with her and takes her to a room where everyone is reading.  She's amazed to see that they are reading to dogs!  When the librarian introduces her to Bonnie, a big white dog, she finds that Bonnie doesn't give her dirty looks, squint at her, or comment.  She just waits.  She'll let her try a word more than once.  And she can pet Bonnie as she's reading which helps her calm down.  Soon, she even gets a star!

Bonnie has one more surprise for Madeline.  I like that one best.

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