Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
by Lisa Papp
Madeline Finn does not like to read and is humiliated in school when the teacher encourages her, but she can never get a star for reading, only ‘keep trying’ hearts. She enters the reading to dog program and meets Bonnie, a big white dog. Madeline learns Bonnie is a great listener. Reading is still difficult, but Bonnie continues to look at Madeline with love no matter how many mistakes Madeline makes. Madeline learns how to be patient with herself, just like Bonnie is patient. When Madeline goes in front of the class to read, she messes up and when someone giggles, she’s tempted to stop, but she thinks about Bonnie and pretends she is reading to her. Before she knows it, Madeline completes the page and earns a star!
A beautiful story, rendered in pencil, watercolor and digital coloring, author/illustrator captures Madeline’s many emotions. Readers will find it easy to relate to Madeline as she struggles with reading.