The Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal isn't just a story about a stray dog. It's a story about the relationship between man and his best friend.
Bones is a stray dog left to wander the neighborhood in a small town. He struggles to evade the dog catcher, avoid being hit by passing cars, and to find shelter when his former home is torn down. But Cody, a young boy who lives in the neighborhood and who once had a dog he loved very much, doesn't see Bones as just a stray dog. Cody attempts to figure out what it must feel like to be a dog without a home, and leaves food for Bones, watching him day in and day out. Unsure of Bones at first, Cody begins to realize that 'dogs find their way inside you and you want to keep them there.'
This is one heartwarming tale that will have you welling up inside. Based on a story inspired by a stray dog in Astoria, Queens, Blumenthal has crafted a warm story that confronts the emotions of friendship and healing. Just as Cody begins to realize the place Bones holds in his heart, Bones, too, begins to trust Cody as they grow closer with each day. Any dog lover will enjoy the loyalty, unconditional love, and companionship prevalent in this powerful tale.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2010)
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