Snowball by Ellen Miles (part of the Puppy Place series)
This book is about a puppy that has no home. The family is the Peterson’s and they have a foster home for dogs and puppies. Mr. Peterson has a friend that works at a gas station. One day, Mr. Peterson got a call from his friend while the kids were at school. When the children were walking home, their dad was so excited and happy. When they were driving he said that his friend found a puppy at the gas station. When they arrived, they found a white Westie puppy that was about 4 months old. They name him Snowball. Will Snowball be a trouble maker or will he be good? What will all the puppies futures hold?
So far I like this book because it is about dogs and puppies and I like dogs and puppies. This book is interesting because there are happy and sad parts. I hope you will read it!
Recently some Reading with Rover dog/handler teams came to the library for a special summertime reading event. The students brought their books to the library, sat down next to a dog and started reading. Reading to dogs turns what is sometimes difficult, into something truly magical. There is no stress when you are reading to a dog! It is pure fun! As soon as you finish reading to a dog, you get a paw-stamp on a pawtograph paper, and a special individual book mark from that dog. On this particular day, each reader also received a free book, and a rover bookbag. If you want more information about Reading with Rover or want to attend future public events, visit the website at www.readingwithrover.org Here are some highlights of the our doggie read…
After reading a book for school, did you ever wish you could write a book report saying how much you really hated the book? Well, that’s exactly what Wallace Wallace (yes- he has the same first and last name) does after reading Old Shep, My Pal for his 8th grade English class. It’s no surprise when his teacher, Mr. Fogelman has a fit and assigns detention to Wally until he writes a proper book report. In his eyes, Old Shep, My Pal is a timeless classic and an award winning novel – nobody could possibly hate it!
Never one to lie about anything, Wally refuses, citing he hates the books most teacher assign because the dogs always die, and he knew Old Shep would die before he even opened the book. Remember Sounder or Old Yeller? Dead dogs. Where the Red Fern Grows – two dead dogs – a double whammy! What is the deal with dying dog books that make them such wonderful classics?
When detention involves having to spend his afternoons watching Mr. Fogelman direct the school play, Wally finds himself becoming involved in making the play adaption of Old Shep more contemporary.
Strong male and female characters combined with a solid and very humorous plot line keep the book moving quickly to the end. No More Dead Dogs is not a new book, but I highly recommend it to anyone who might enjoy the humor at poking fun at the classics that students are supposed to love reading – but often don’t. (Review by Mrs. Hembree)