Little But Fierce

Scholastic. (The Dodo: Reader #1). Feb. 2020. 32p. pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781338576191.
PreS-Gr 1–This nonfiction reader, based on The Dodo video series, focuses on three small animals with special needs. When Vera the French bulldog was born, she could fit into a teacup and had a cleft palate. Cody the alpaca was born a third of the size of most alpaca babies, and could not stand on her own. Karamel the squirrel was injured in a hunter’s trap. Her rescuer took her to a vet clinic where her arms had to be removed, and then they had the idea to create a prosthetic wheelbarrow so she could be a squirrel again. All three animals beat the odds because of loving caregivers. Each colorful page contains one to three easy-to-read sentences and is filled with large photographs of its lovable subjects.
VERDICT This is a heartwarming collection of stories that will be sure to please all animal-loving emergent readers. Recommended.

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