As Warm as the Sun

Neal Porter Bks/Holiday House/. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823443277.
PreS-Gr 1–Toby the bulldog enjoys spending time at home snuggled in his owner’s lap, lounging in a sun puddle, and resting by the fireplace. However, every time the warmth from those spots fades, Toby longs for a more permanent substitute. When new addition Pinky arrives, Toby has even less time to bask in the warmth of his favorite spots. Has Toby been pushed out or will he find the lasting warmth and comfort that he is seeking? Radiating with themes of love and acceptance, this book tells the story of a dog’s home life and his adjustment to a new family member. Any child that has experienced the addition of a sibling will appreciate Toby’s feelings and will be happy for Toby as he discovers that his place in the home is always secure. The watercolor illustrations create a warm and cozy familial feel and Toby’s body language and facial expressions allow readers to empathize with him as he moves through a range of emotions.
VERDICT A heartwarming picture book of familial love and security. A great selection for dog lovers and new siblings everywhere

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