It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, and with less than a week to go until Valentine’s Day, I have the perfect puppy love story to share with you.
Not only is it a wonderful story, it was written by my good friend, talented author Nancy Furstinger, and a good book by a good friend is always extra special!
I hope you like it 🙂
Title: The Duchess And Guy: A Rescue To Royalty Puppy Love Story
Written By: Nancy Furstinger
Illustrated By: Julia Bereciartu
HMH Books For Young Readers, January 8 2019, fact-based fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-7
Themes/Topics: being yourself, animal adoption/rescue, pets, true story
Opening: “Once upon a time, a happy-go-lucky beagle named Guy found himself without a family or a place to call home.
He blinked his puppy dog eyes and begged for someone to take him home.
But he didn’t have much luck . . .”
Brief Synopsis: A beagle puppy named Guy waits in a shelter, hoping and hoping for a forever home. When Meghan adopts him, he has no idea that home is going to be Buckingham Palace. Can a shelter dog of uncertain beginnings find a way to fit in among royalty?
Links To Resources: back matter includes “Guy’s True Rescue-to-Royalty Tale” including photographs, and a section on “Adopting A Dog Like Guy”
And we are lucky enough to get to hear directly from talented author, Nancy Furstinger, about how she got the idea to write this book as well as some crafts and activities you can do to go along with the book!
For the extensions that parents, teachers, and librarians can use with the book:
Thank you, Nancy!!!
Why I Like This Book: If you’ve spent any time around this blog, you know I love dogs – rescue dogs in particular since I have two and they’re the best dogs in the world! So I was predisposed to like this book 🙂 I love that it presents a true story to kids so they learn about something that really happened in a fun and entertaining way. I also love that it models shelter adoption as a great way to get a wonderful pet. If a real duchess can get her dog from a shelter, you can too! But I really love how the book shows that everyone can sometimes feel that they have a little trouble fitting in and finding their place, especially in a new situation. That is a concept that I think all of us can relate to, and one that really speaks to kids. This is my favorite page:
And in case you can’t read the wise words:
“…Meghan gave him an encouraging scratch behind his ear.
‘I wasn’t sure I’d ever fit in here either,’ Meghan told her pup. ‘But if you just be yourself, you’ll be part of the family in no time.’”
And the back of the book states that “The publisher has made a donation to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to help other shelter dogs like Guy.” Isn’t that wonderful?
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂