Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Review: A Vacation for Pooch (children, dog)

A Vacation for Pooch, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Henry Holt, 2013, $16.99, 32 pages, children 4-7, preschool – grade 2. 

Separation. Love. Dogs and their kids. Grandpa. Snow. Florida. Surely here is enough to keep your child entranced and on her toes waiting for the exciting, heartfelt climax!

Emily is going on vacation to Florida to escape the snow but her pooch, Pooch (of course!), will stay with Grandpa on the farm. Emily packs identical backpacks for her and Pooch. She puts in Pooch’s sleep toy (a cat), Pooch’s red ball, blanket – everything to make Pooch feel at home on Grandpa’s  farm.

Florida is so much fun but Emily misses Pooch so she calls Grandpa to find out about Pooch’s day.

And then they discover the mix-up! Which turns out for the best!

A lovely little book about a girl and her dog and missing her dog on vacation. How grandparents know a lot about taking care of dogs just like parents know a lot about having fun with Emily.

And a surprising ending that your little one will look forward to each time you read it together.

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