Two Girls Want a Puppy

CORDELL, Ryan & . illus. by Maple Lam. 32p. HarperCollins. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062292612.
PreS-Gr 2—Cadence and her little sister Emi really want a puppy. Luckily, they have a "Brilliant Plan" to convince their skeptical father to get them one. Their plan is simple and straightforward. They show persistence by repeatedly asking dad for a puppy, to no avail. Next, they demonstrate responsibility by successfully caring for the vacationing neighbor's dog. Dad is still unconvinced. The sisters show their smarts by researching dogs and display creativity by writing a book about their findings. The result is factual and persuasive: "People are happier and healthier with pets. Doctors say pets help people live longer." Dad is very impressed by both the book and his daughters, and announces that it is time to adopt a dog. The family visits the shelter, where one puppy stands out. The new addition is named Millie, "because we wished for her one million times…and now she's ours!" Delightful watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations depict a simple, relatable story.
VERDICT Parents should beware, kids might be inspired to try their own skills of persuasion after reading this selection.

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