Saturday, February 4, 2012

We Give Books - Little Dog Lost

We Give Books was started by Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to "support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs". The We Give Books program is an initiative that allows anyone with Internet access to give books to children in need. When you sign up you can choose from one of five charities. Then you can select from one of 151 digital picture books (both fiction and non fiction) to read online.

This is all completely free for the reader! Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, a book is donated to a leading literacy group on your behalf. So please sign up and support literacy.

Title: Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Dog Named Baltic
Author and Illustrator: Monica Carnesi
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (January 5, 2012)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7

On a very cold wintry day, a group of children notices something out at sea. At first they are unsure what it is and then it dawns on them, it is a dog adrift on a piece of ice. What are they to do? The firefighters are called to help, but the floe is too fast and soon the dog drifts away from the town and people that tried to help. Scared, alone and hungry this young animal is in desperate straights.

There is hope; a ship at sea sees him. Has the miracle arrived that this poor dog needs?

Based on a true story of a dog found after floating 75 miles on an ice floe down Poland’s Vistula River and into the Baltic Sea, this very overly simplified story might leave more questions than answers for a young reader. The back cover of the book tells the whole story and this too would be important to share with a young child.

I am not sure that this would be a book that will draw a child back time and again, but it is a worthwhile read in that it will share with a child the need to help others, including animals, when they can.

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