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. Volume XIV Number 11 . . . . January 25, 2008
A Puppy is for Loving is a genuine, charming, sweet - but not saccharine - story about Elizabeth’s summer visit with her grandmother and the birth of Elsie’s puppies. The story continues as Elsie’s grandmother is determined to find the perfect home for each of the puppies, homes where they will be loved and make a difference in their owners’ lives.
Details of the birth and the preparations are dealt with directly but never unseemly. The descriptions of the puppies’ unique qualities are perceptive and captivating. Elizabeth’s infatuation will resonate with anyone who has ever laid eyes on a helpless puppy.
Renata Liwska’s illustrations reinforce the warmth and gentleness of the story and provide the right amount of encouragement for the young reader.
A Puppy is for Loving is a very strong book, particularly for its genre. I think the ‘early chapter book’ genre is one of the most difficult genres to write in. Mary Labatt’s intimate knowledge of raising puppies is evident in the text and the passion with which she tells this story. Our resident eight-year-old loved the book and couldn’t put it down.
Ruth McMahon of Medicine Hat, AB, is a children’s librarian, storyteller, co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choice Book Award, and the mother of two elementary school aged children.
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