for Hello Goodbye Dog
by Maria Gianferrari
and Patrice Barton
Zara’s dog, Moose, has a hard time letting Zara out of his sight. One morning, Moose follows Zara to school. When Zara’s mom comes to take Moose home, Moose gets away again and heads back to Zara’s class. An ever-growing group of adults (Zara’s teacher, the librarian, the principal) try to remove Moose as Zara goes through her day, and each time loyal Moose manages to resist—to the delight of Zara’s classmates. A solution comes with the decision to sign Moose up for therapy dog training, giving Moose an official role to play as the “reading dog” for Zara’s class. Watercolor illustrations show biracial Zara with an African American mom and a white dad. Zara uses a wheelchair, something incidental to the story rather than a plot device. (Ages 5-7)
CCBC Choices 2018. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018. Used with permission.
For Zara's dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.
But Moose can't be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.
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