My Dog Hen

My Dog Hen
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October 04, 2022
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Brimming with the lively artwork and waggish humor that make his books a joy for kids and parents alike, David Mackintosh’s newest book explores finding value in the unwanted and obsolete, through the pleasures and perils of adopting a rescue puppy.

“Why should we get a brand-new dog when Hen is as good as new to us?” asks the young boy at the center of this story. 
The adorable mixed-breed pup is brought home in a cardboard box, given toys, and some food—and then proceeds to enthusiastically eat up his loving home. When nothing can be done (and all the pocket money has been spent on new toys) the boy’s wise and thrifty grandmother finds a helpful solution. Readers of all ages will laugh at Hen’s boundless energy and parents especially will identify with the challenges of training a headstrong dog.
Any family that has ever adopted a rescue pet will appreciate this story’s gentle lesson about finding value in our less-than-perfect belongings and loved ones.

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Cute Story About A Family Adopting A Dog
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When a family adopts a dog from a shelter, they name him Hen and want to give him the best life possible. The boy even uses the rest of his money to buy the dog a toy, but is upset when he chews it up. The boy wishes he could buy another toy, but doesn't have anymore money. To replace it, his grandmother puts together all of the pieces together and makes one new toy out of the destroyed parts.

MY DOG HEN is a cute story about a family taking in a homeless dog and how they want to spoil him. It also shows how animals take a lot of responsibility to keep them as pets so may put things into a new perspective for some children. The illustrations are bold and abstract without too much detail incorporated into them. I love how sweet and caring the little boy is and how he'll do anything for his new friend.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children who either love dogs or have a pet dog because they can relate to it. It's also a simple story to read while cuddled in bed with their pet, curled up together for bedtime.
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