Time length to read: 6-8 min
Age recommended: 5 and up
Author: Catherine Lagorio
Illustrator: Robert Kelley
Publisher: 3L Publishing
So, this is the first post of “Picture Book Month” for Storytime Books and I already want to say that this book holds a special message, especially to me. Before I get into it, let me tell you a little about it. It is called Dropped-Off Dog ( A Mostly-True “Tail”) by Catherine Lagorio. This book is about a little tiger-striped dog that had a wonderful life, until he was suddenly dropped-off in the country and then found himself without the home and love that he once knew. Now before you get all sad, there is a happy ending to this story. The little dog ended up finding a home with a nice farmer and his wife, and joined another dog friend, and well you can guess it, lived happily ever after.
As I said before, this story touched me. I have a dog of my own, and I couldn’t imagine ever dropping him off and leaving him to fend for his own. I am definitely a dog person, and so this story really stood out to me because of the strong message that Catherine Lagorio tries to send to her readers. As stated in the title, yes, this story is a “Mostly-True “Tail” as she states that her family was the one who adopted the tiger-striped dog. Lagorio states how she lives in the country and sees too often how pets are dropped-off and left to themselves. She stresses the high importance to pet owners on the responsibility of owning a pet, and loving them from the day you get them, to the very end. I couldn’t agree more with her. I do believe that pet ownership is a big responsibility and people should be aware of what they are really agreeing to when getting one. Also, at the very end of the story, Lagorio wrote up a short letter to her readers stating this important message, which I found very informative.
Not only is it a great story, but the illustrations that Robert Kelley did are excellent. They don’t drown the pages, and the pictures are soft enough to depict the story, but not overwhelm it.
So if you want a great story for children, the family, or even yourself (especially if you are a pet lover 😉 ) , check this one out. It will make you want to hold your little fur ones as you read it.
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