The love of a dog, broad and unrelenting, is a happen that everyone can benefit from experiencing.
And I’m back! Making way for our second feature as part of MCBD 2018. In case you missed the first one, here it is, in it we talked about how much Multicultural Children’s Book Day has grown to become a trusted advocacy group for multicultural children’s literature, with a goal to connect parents, educators and little ones to a vast array of beautifully written and illustrated multicultural children’s books. We were so grateful to be chosen to review not one but two superb stories. This one entitled Hello Goodbye Dog was written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Patrice Barton, and it’s if I may say….a timekeeper. A HUGE thank you to Maria who sent me a copy to review. (Awesome work Maria! 🙂
Before I start in on why my eyes were watering at the end of this read I have to tell you all about MCBD 2018. Imagiread has been a proud supporter and reviewer for MCBD for four years now. The crew running the scenes are all around wonderful people. Here’s a bit for you to know about the day and the people that make it happen straight from their mouths:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/mcbd2018-medallion-level-sponsors/
View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/2018-author-sponsors/
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.
Now, on to why I was left searching for a tissue box. Many many years ago, as a child, I’d found myself terribly frightened of dogs. I think it may have been a mixture of prematurely watching Cujo and waking one morning, having spent the night at a cousin’s, to a huge German Shepherd named Fallon standing over me. Those two indelible memories led to a lifelong favoring of cats. Fast forward to a few weeks ago while visiting my neighbor. They’d invited me over for dinner. When I arrived, their dog Victoria was incredibly excited to see me. So much so that a majority of my visit she housed my lap and intermittently gazed into my eyes, nearing her nose to mine repeatedly. I’d never experienced such love before, and when rose to leave, she seemed super sad. I saw her outside just a few days ago and had a flashback of my visit. Then another flashback, reminding me how warm I felt having been an object of her affection for just a few hours. I’ll never forget the time I shared with Victoria. It’s impossible to even try.
When I read Hello Goodbye Dog, the story of the indivisible relationship between a beautifully spirited little girl named Zara and her dog Moose, my heartstrings were tugged all over again. Moose has separation anxiety brought on by the keyword goodbye, and she is determined to banish goodbyes forever in this refreshing story of friendship and pastime.
I don’t know exactly where, to begin with this one so I’ll do the best I can. Hello Goodbye Dog not only changed my mind about how much dogs are loving companions but it also helped me to realize something else of great importance, and that is the therapeutic aspect of a dog’s presence in a child’s life. Zara is wheelchair bound, and her relationship with Moose is one that is evident to her habilitation. They read together all of the time, and Moose being the wonderful dog she is, loves nothing more than to sit and listen to stories with Zara. No matter what. Moose breaks through screens, breathes on windows and whirls past Mom, Dad and school officials to get to Zara and all of the wonderful stories of the day. That’s when Zara gets an idea. One that will grant Moose’s wish of banishing goodbye forever. I can’t tell the Imagireading Family how much I loved this read. So much so that I’m using it in the classroom next week, my scholars are going to love it and the class project I am going to introduce as a result of it.
The same thing applies to this beautifully written and illustrated story, I cannot spoil it by giving too much away, but I will share a few photos:
You’ve GOT to get your hands on a copy of Hello Goodbye Dog and fast. Take it from me, it’s the perfect gift for any and all of your little dog-loving friends. That’s a guarantee.