Big Dog

Dale Gottlieb, Author Morrow Junior Books $11.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-07381-7
Lilly is afraid of many aspects of city living, like riding alone in elevators and walking to the store alone. Her parents believe that owning a dog might help, so they enlist the help of Uncle Martin, whose dog has just had puppies. Lilly picks out a fluffy black one and names him Woody. Woody grows and grows, and soon Lilly can go anywhere without feeling afraid. But now there is another problem: Woody has outgrown both the apartment and the city. When the family visits Uncle Martin again, Lilly sees how much Woody loves the country. It makes a lasting impression on her, and finally she strikes a deal with her uncle: he can keep Woody in the country if she can visit anytime she wants. Her next choice for pets? Two turtles. Economical language and a straightforward approach enhance this story about a sensitive subject. The decision to give away a cherished pet is never an easy one and Lilly's parents help ease the painful moment by telling her how proud they are of her. Woody's size is conveyed convincingly in the illustrations. Boldly designed pictures in skewed perspectives and idiosyncratic shapes bristle with vigor and glow with unusual colors. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-688-07382-4
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