STAY A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
Illustrated by: M. Sarah Klise
Published by: Feiwell and Friends New York, Imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. July 2017
Ages: 3 – 5 years
Theme: Memories, love and friendship
Opening Lines: When Astrid came home from the hospital, Eli was there waiting. He was Astrid’s first friend.
Synopsis: Astrid and Eli are best friends. Astrid is a girl and Eli is her dog. Eli’s also older than Astrid, so she decides to make a bucket list for her dearest and furriest friend. When Astrid realises her dog is getting older she decides to make a list to ensure Eli experiences everything before he gets too old. But what makes an old dog happy? In this tale, we celebrate people who love dogs and dogs who love people.
Why I like this: A very cute book with an adorable cover, this is all about heart. An emotional story simply told celebrating time spent with a friend and those we love and care about. Eli was a young dog already in the home when Astrid was bought home from the hospital. Astrid and Eli grow up together and are inseparable. I loved how Astrid realised that her dog was getting older and to ensure that he experienced everything that life had to offer she made a bucket list. When he was too old to go out they spent time together remembering the fun times. It’s only at the end when Astrid asks if there is anything else that Eli would love to do before it’s too late, do we view Eli’s thoughts. There is nothing like making the most of time spent with those we love. *reaches for hankerchief.*
Resources/Findings: Kate Klise’s website…. http://www.kateandsarahklise.com/blog
Reviews etc from publishers website… https://us.macmillan.com/stay/kateklise/9781250107145/
Things you could do….
Make a bucket list of activites you would love to do.
What memories you would like to make with your dog.
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