Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Eighty-One

Sometimes, despite everything we try to do to avoid it, an animal finds a way to touch our hearts and enter our lives. This is the story about a little dog who manages to win the heart of a writer who really believes that she does not need a dog.

Karel Hayes
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 7
Down East, 2010, 978-089272-850-3
Harriet lives in a little log house in a village in the north. One snowy winter day, Harriet is trying to finish the book she is writing. For some reason the ending refuses to work out right, and Harriet is soon surrounded by balled up pieces of paper. Then Harriet receives a phone call from her friend Monique. Monique has a little puppy that she wants Harriet to take. Monique has been trying for years to get Harriet to take one of her dogs. Though Harriet really does not want a dog, she agrees to take the puppy for a week.
   Soon the puppy, Snowflake, is happily ensconced in Harriet’s home. She has a few accidents of course, and she loves to chew and play with scarves, slippers, mittens, papers, “and even a dictionary.” Harriet doesn’t let Snowflake sleep in her bed, but everywhere else she goes, Snowflake goes with her. All goes well until Snowflake does the unforgiveable; she chews up Harriet’s book manuscript!
   This charming picture book is based on the true story of the author’s relationship with her own dog Snowy. With charming pictures and an engaging narrative, this is a picture book that will resonate with dog lovers of all ages. 

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