My stomach was in knots at the thought of spending the evening with such a huge animal. After the children were asleep, I sat down to read, but the dog started barking. Every time I moved, he barked. I didn't want him to disturb the children so I decided to read aloud to him. To my surprise, he settled right down!
Now, flip that picture. Instead of a nervous teen reading to calm a noisy dog, witness a small child struggling to read aloud. A dog as big as a snowy polar bear calmly listens while the child slowly sounds out words. In Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Madeline visits her library and reads to a big, white dog named Bonnie every Saturday. She participates in a program similar to the Virginia Beach Public Library's Pawsitive Reading program.
Lisa Papp's picture book is comforting to reluctant readers. On the dedication page she writes: "For all my furry friends and those who love them, thank you. And for libraries, where the real magic happens."
Do you know a young reader who is a little shy about reading aloud? Check out Madeline Finn and the Library Dog and read it together! The cover, as well as the surprise ending will capture the heart of any reader.
If you like Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, try Amy and Ron Schmidt's book Back to Dog-Gone School. It combines photography (I love the photo inside of a dog wearing a backpack) with poetry. Also, its a level 2 book for Beginning Readers, which means it uses short sentences and basic vocabulary.