But when the girl tells the puppy he's ruined the party, he looks so sad, the she stops to think a moment. "God made you to run and play. That's what puppies do. God made you just as you are. I'm glad you're my Howie, and not Mrs. Brown," she says.
What I Like: This story made my first grader laugh, and the text, by Sara Henderson, is easy enough for a child who has mastered phonic storybooks and is beginning to learn sight words. Aaron Zenz's illustrations are cute and attractive. And besides all that, this book offers an important biblical moral.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Publishing Info: Zonderkidz; 2008; ISBN: 978-0310716051; paperback, 32 pgs., $3.99.
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