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Hello Goodbye Dog

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Warm story of girl and her exuberant therapy dog.

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It's hard not to warm to this story of a girl and the dog who loves her, since tenderness radiates out from every page. Hello Goodbye Dog encourages us to consider the point of view of the pup, who views every encounter in emotionally simple terms, either happily as "hello," or as a distressing "goodbye." Author Maria Gianferrari adds a fun cumulative element, adding more and more people to catch Moose each time he returns to the school. Since Gianferrari relies on the various "hello" and "goodbye" encounters to structure the story -- "Hello was a pat on the head." "Goodbye was being tied up in the backyard." -- the story can sometimes be harder to follow than if the plot had been laid out more directly.

Much of the warmth is communicated by Patrice Barton's lovely art. Though no mention is made in the text, Barton pictures Zara as a multiracial girl who uses a wheelchair, and peoples the school with faces of all races. Her faces are so appealing, including the exuberant -- sometimes hangdog -- face of Moose. This is a lovely story to share, with the affection between the girl, the dog, and all in the school, touchingly real.

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