Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Book - 2016
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Reluctant reader Madeline really wants to earn a star at school, so when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests she read to a dog, Madeline gives it a try.
Publisher: Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781561459100
Branch Call Number: XXF PAPP, LISA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 13, 2018

This book was a fantastic story about the fun and usefulness of programs that go on in libraries all over, we call ours Paws to Read.

Feb 11, 2017

We need more books like this. It's a gem for young or old!!

nmaryann Jan 18, 2017

Bonnie the Library Dog offers Madeline great comfort and companionship as she learns how to read. A perfect picture book to share with emerging readers who have anxieties about reading aloud.

DBRL_KatieL Jan 16, 2017

I absolutely love this book!!!
First-I have hosted a similar library program, where children read to therapy dogs, because dog's don't judge. I saw children who spoke very little English gain confidence in their reading skills, as well as children from countries were dogs are not pets learn about pets, and go from fearful to confident. These programs are wonderful on so many levels!
Second-the main character is not perfect. She struggles, and tries day after day, and still has trouble. That is reality. Even when she starts reading with Bonnie there is not an instant change. It takes time for her abilities to grow. But they do, and she does get better.
Third-there is a happy ending. Not only does Madeline get better at reading, she is able to share her success with the dog; Bonnie, and puppies! Who doesn't love puppies?
Finally, the book itself. The illustrations are very well done, the character faces are realistic, and show emotion. The pacing is well done, and the text is not crowded on the page, making this a good candidate for reading aloud to groups. Without a doubt a 5 star.

ArapahoeJennieB Dec 27, 2016

A heartwarming and encouraging story about a girl who has trouble reading, until she meets a library dog, who doesn't laugh at her difficulty. With the help of the dog, she is gains the confidence she needs to be a better reader. A great book to read at a library, or at home, or anywhere really.

ArapahoeLarissa Dec 09, 2016

So adorable. This book makes me smile.

SPL_Brittany Aug 30, 2016

It is a beautifully illustrated book, with an equally encouraging story about a reluctant reader who has anxiety and struggles reading aloud in school, and how she gains confidence in her reading skills by reading to a dog at the library.

samcmar Aug 09, 2016

This book is perfect for those who love animals, have children who are stubborn about reading, and who can find joy in learning to read. This book made me cry like a baby.


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sanamg Oct 25, 2017

Madeline doesn't like to read at all. Sometimes people in her class giggle when she reads out loud and makes a mistake. She gets a lot of heart stickers from her teacher saying Keep Trying, but she wants a Star sticker. One day, Madeline's mother takes her to the library, and a librarian asks her if she is interested to read to a dog. Madeline picks up a book to read for the dog, and when she gets the letters mixed up the dog doesn't mind. Instead, it lets Madeline pet her. With the dog's patience, Madeline's reading skills improve, and she becomes a good reader at the end.


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