The Shelter Puppy

Tiger Tales. (Pet Rescue ­Adventures). Mar. 2022. 128p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781664340039.
Gr 1-3–Caitlin nominates a local animal rescue center to be the beneficiary of her school’s fundraising, and volunteers there to spend time with favorite pup Winston. Heartache looms when Winston may leave the center for a fur-ever home with a new family. Some vocabulary (sanctuary, vaguely) may challenge younger readers; the use of paw-print spot art to visually indicate shifts in time or setting is not always successful. Rescue pets are an enduringly popular topic, and Williams’s delicately shaded greyscale illustrations effectively convey heartfelt moments. Third-person narration shifts occasionally from the human protagonist to the pet’s perspective, a gentle introduction to more complex reading in the years ahead.
VERDICT This latest entry maintains the long-running series’ reputation as a well-designed, appealing choice for pet-loving, newly independent readers.

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