Monday, December 05, 2016

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

My first experience reading to a dog was not in a library. My older sister couldn't make it to her Friday night babysitting job when we were teenagers, so she enlisted me. She gave me a heads up about caring for the children, but left out the part about the family's new dog. . . a Great Dane.

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.

1 comment:

Alyssa said...

I saw this book a couple weeks ago in the library and instantly fell in love with it because it features the same breed of dog that I have, a Great Pyrenees! They are such lovable animals and my plan for my big bear is to eventually have him trained as a therapy dog and hopefully volunteer at a library.

Thanks for the review!