HELLO GOODBYE DOG

I’ve been extremely lucky lately.  I’ve won copies of  6 books from blog contests.  One of my most recent wins was a copy of Mara Gianferrari’s HELLO GOODBYE DOG.  

This book holds a very special place in my heart.  

Amazon’ s description of the story:

For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.
Goodbye, Moose.
But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.
How many of us have been lucky enough to have the love and devotion of a dog like Moose?  I know that I’ve been lucky enough to have several special dogs in my life.  

I was lucky  enough to grow up in a neighborhood in which two sets of aunts & uncles lived on the corners of my street.  My Uncle Floyd lived on the corner I passed each morning on my way to school.  I hated having to walk alone the 10 minutes it took to get to Mark Twain Elementary.  Lucky for me, my uncle owned a German Pointer that loved me.  Every morning, that dog would jump the fence and walk with me to school.  Every afternoon, he would be waiting for me to walk me back home. Once we hit the corner, he’d just map the fence back into my uncles yard.  That dog never failed to be waiting for me. 

Zara & Moose have the same relationship.  Maria’s great choice of language and Patrice Bartons’s illustrations work together beautifully to show the relationship between girl & dog.  Zara’s disability is never mentioned in the text but the illustrations show her wheelchair as just another aspect of Zara’s life.  

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