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,... read more

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)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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