THE DOG WHO BELONGED TO NO ONE by Amy Hest (Amy Bates-Illustrator)

October 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

With a twist on a much-loved theme, this charming story takes place in a time when boys wear knickers while playing baseball, fresh baked goods are delivered by bicycle, and the glow of a porch light is a greeting of a warm welcome. This provides the story with a unique and special feeling.  An irresistible dog “with crooked ears” and a “nice temperament” longs for a home.  Lia, “a wisp of a girl,” and a strong female character, works hard to help her parents with the family bakery at the edge of town.  Both are lonely.  Both cope internally in parallel ways.  This is a beautiful, yet simple story of a dog and a young girl who find each other, and an excellent story time choice.  It is complimented by watercolor illustrations that are as warm as they are engaging.  Amy Hest is a Christopher Medal winner, and a New York Times best-selling book author. Recommended.

 

Anne Beier/Irvington Public Library and Hendrick Hudson Free Library

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