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I Want a Dog! Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735822557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735822559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Lisa loves dogs and asks "twenty-one times a day" for a pet of her own. Despite the pleas, her parents respond: "Our apartment is too small for a dog." She tries different methods of persuasion, but neither being "good as gold" nor "truly terrible" changes the verdict. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she posts a sign in the park: "Wanted Dog to Borrow." Soon an elderly man hires Lisa to walk his dachshund. Muted watercolor illustrations show the red-haired girl playing with Rollo while her wooden toy Dalmatian sits on a nearby bench awaiting her return. A satisfying lesson in compromise.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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About the Author

Helga Bansch was born in Leoben, Austria. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a teacher in primary schools and made marionettes for puppet theatres. Since 2003, she has lived in Vienna, working as an artist and running workshops for children. Bansch won the Austrian Children's Book Prize for her illustrations.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GREEN BAY PACKERS IQ author on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My girls and I just spent the evening at Borders checking out new books. My four year-old fell in love with this book tonight. She pleaded with me to read it three more times after we first read it. In my opinion, a child's request for immediate repeated reading is the greatest indicator of a successful children's book. The illustrations are fun, lively, and purposeful. The language is clear, concise, and captivating. The main character Lisa's experience is one all readers could embark on if they too come from a dog-less family. A wonderful read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neia on June 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So little Lisa wants a dog so badly she advertises with her address in the ad, and a stranger shows up at her door offering to let her walk his dog. Just how is this different from the man who needs help with his puppy and just get in my car little girl?

I heard this story read aloud at a children's literacy event featuring dogs. I was horrified. I did not see the illustrations which maybe add to the story -- but the message is in direct contradiction with all the safety precautions that are commonplace these days.

It's a cute story, and could be written a little differently with an elderly person in the neighborhood that's known to Lisa needing help. I'm baffled how this book passed editorial review and is receiving acclaim.
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