Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Not even the menu on the ice cream truck.
But Madeline Finn DOES want a gold star from her teacher.
Stars are for good readers.
Stars are for understanding words.
And saying them out loud.
Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out.
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 to keep trying. Just like the sticker says.
The illustrations in this are absolutely beautiful, and Bonnie's rendering makes me want to reach out and stroke her soft fur! Madeline's library looks like such a cozy, comfortable place to read, with low bookshelves and comfortable furniture. The soft colors are soothing as well.
Dogs are a great help when dealing with young children's difficulties, so Madeline Finn is a great book to pair with Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing, Meshon's The Best Days Are Dog Days or Mitchell's Toby. This also somehow seemed like it should have been a Berenstain book-- The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Reading or something like that, only with much better pictures!