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Author: Kearney, Meg
Illustrator: Lewis, E.B.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-10041-0
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten


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Inspired by the author’s rescue of her own dog, Trouper, readers follow the rescue of a ‘damaged’ stray into the home and heart of a young boy, written in short, simple poetic free verse. The large oversized pages of soft watercolour illustrations are in sharp contrast to the reality of many dogs which live on the street. The illustrator worked with a no-kill shelter in Philadelphia, using dogs as her models, for these paintings. Though not pointed out directly, this book highlights accepting others, including animals, who are handicapped. This simple, sweet story will warm the hearts of anyone, but especially dog lovers. The verso page at the front of the book explains the story behind Trouper coming into the author’s life. The photograph of the real Trouper is on the back book jacket will make the story much more poignant for readers.This book was chosen as one of the “Diverse and Impressive Picture Books of 2013” by the International Reading Association.

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