A delightfully warm, encouraging story of a young girl and the special library dog who helps her develop patience, acceptance, and confidence as she learns to read, from award-winning author-illustrator Lisa Papp.
Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. Except stars are for good readers, for understanding words, and for saying them out loud—things that Madeline Finn doesn't believe she can do.
Fortunately, Madeline Finn finds a little help when she meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad, and when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. As it turns out, it's fun to read when you're not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it's okay to go slow—and, most importantly, to keep trying.
Lisa Papp offers an inspiring and comforting story, perfect for new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.
March 3, 2020
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD370L | Fountas/Pinnell: L
Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children's books. She has received awards for both her writing and illustration, including a 2011 NAPPA Honor Award, 2012 Storytelling Award, and the 2013 PA Keystone to Reading Award. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania, with her husband, Robert, also an artist, and three wildly creative cats—to whom she does read.
"It's a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn't necessary in order to achieve one's goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners." —Publishers Weekly
"Softly colored scenes have an old-fashioned feel, and the especially appealing canine characters enhance the comforting tone of the narrative." —Booklist
"So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page." —Kirkus Reviews
"Papp's pencil and watercolor illustrations are filled with delightful details. . . .Books and dogs—what more could a little girl ask for?"—BookPage