Enzo and the Fourth of July Races

 
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Enzo and the Fourth of July Races
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4+
Release Date
May 02, 2017
ISBN
978-0062380593
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Garth Stein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, returns with the newest addition to the Enzo picture book series, Enzo and the Fourth of July Races. Stein captures the excitement of the Fourth of July and the thrill of a car race as Enzo, Zoë, and Denny team up for the biggest race of the year.

For Enzo, the Fourth of July means three things: fireworks, family, and car races! This year Zoë is finally old enough to compete in the Kids’ Kart Challenge. But when one of the boys at the track says that girls aren’t fast drivers, Zoë gets nervous and backs out of the race. Enzo knows it’s up to him to help his family regain the confidence to compete on the big day.

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Perfect with July 4th Coming Up
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ENZO AND THE FOURTH OF JULY RACES is told from Enzo's point of view, Denny and Zoe's dog. The three of them attend the Independence Day races every year, but this year, Zoe is old enough to race.

While looking at the entry list, Zoe hears a boy saying girls aren't as fast as boys. This upsets Zoe and she no longer wants to race, but Enzo doesn't understand why. He knows that Zoe's fast and that she shouldn't be scared because he believes in her. After some pep talks from Johnny Mac and her dad, Zoe decides to "do the talking on the track".

Enzo supports both Zoe and Denny from the sidelines and runs back and forth between races. The support of Enzo was so sweet and it showed unconditional love. I enjoyed watching the race from his viewpoint and how he especially liked when a hot dog was dropped.


Final Verdict: Enzo was the perfect pet and how a dog would probably see the Independence Day Race. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, this would be a good read to share with your child. It also teaches that girls can be just as fast as boys and sometimes even faster.
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