Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hannah and Sugar, written and illustrated by Kate Berube

"Would you like to pet Sugar?" What if Hannah just doesn't feel like getting anywhere near that scary dog of her neighbor's? Even if her name is Sugar.

But then what if the dog goes missing?  Everyone searches and searches to no avail. Hannah begins to wonder how she would feel if she were in Sugar's place--lost. Next thing she knows, she has to decide which of her feelings will prevail. How does she figure it out?

Kate Berube's childlike illustrations and simple sentences in Hannah and Sugar convey the little girl's perspective with empathy and without a speck of judgment. Though Hannah sees Sugar every day at the bus stop, her papa doesn't pressure her to approach. Hannah models nicely saying "No, thank you" to invitations to pet the dog. A child who's a little afraid can put himself right in Hannah's place and see things from her perspective. The reader might also take a deep breath with Hannah and gain enough courage to take one step.

May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) is a wonderful resource in the form of a picture book told from the dog's point of view.  If you'd like to get more familiar with our best friends, Virginia Beach Public Library also carries many books on dog breeds, dog training and even choosing a puppy.

Review by Lynn K

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