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Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog Hardcover – April 1, 2009


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Nico's aunt asks her nephew if he would be so kind as to watch her pug, Lola, while she's away. Excited, Nico agrees, but later begins to wonder, "How will I be so kind?" So begins a pleasant story about sharing everyday kindnesses. This book has a wealth of meaningful messages like, "being kind is showing concern for others." Each message is illustrated by the actions of either Nico or Lola as they spend their time together doing doggy and boy activities. Each new page shows the duo participating in excellent behaviors: cleaning, helping one another, sharing, exercising, and getting along with others. The rural, verdant setting adds to the appeal of this story. The photos suffer from some poor composition and digital editing, but the adorable nature of the subjects more than makes up for this. A good choice for teaching core values, this book will have wide appeal for young audiences. Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A child and a dog are as complimentary as peanut butter and jelly. Find a dog romping in the back yard and you ll likely find a child, a mud-caked child, in hot pursuit. But what do we, as parents, worry most about our child playing with a dog? Visions of pulling fur, bear hugs, and poking fingers are enough to make us keep these two and four-legged animals apart. But what we learn from Nico and his time spent with Lola is that a young boy can look beyond his own needs to those of his best friend, a much shorter, furry friend. Nico & Lola begins with a phone call, the moment of shear joy for a boy who learns his Aunt s dog Lola needs a sitter. As the hours tick by, Nico can t help to wonder how he will be so kind to Lola. The next morning they quickly breeze past introductions into a game of tag. With each new game they play, Nico discovers new ways of being so kind. This is more than just a boy and his dog. This is a friendship built on mutual respect of each other. The first time I read this book to my five year old daughter; she kept it in bed and looked at the photos for 20 minutes. The next night, it was her first choice and again, she looked at the photos for another 20 minutes. This pattern repeated itself for a number of nights until Nico and Lola graduated to a spot along side her favorites such as Cinderella and Snow White. When you re looking for another subtle way of teaching kids important lessons in life, without boring them beyond belief, Nico and Lola is a good choice. --Fetch Magazine

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for well-written, beautifully illustrated children's books. My children seem to instinctively know which books fall into that category as well, and we have spent many delightful hours reading such books together that will remain in our memories for a very long time. Nico and Lola is one of those books that I can without hesitation call well-written and beautifully illustrated. Rich with color photographs, the story is carried along by the darling boy Nico and his auntie's visiting dog, Lola. Nico is excited to hear that he has been asked to care for Lola while his aunt goes away for a weekend. The tone of the book is set when Nico's Aunt Sue asks, "Would you be so kind as to take care of my little girl?" Nico wonders how he can indeed be a kind caretaker of Lola, but once Lola arrives he finds her irresistible and dives right into his duties with enthusiasm. Throughout the weekend, Nico learns what it means to be so kind. He walks Lola when she needs to get out and run around, brings her water when she's thirsty, surprises her with snacks, and introduces her to his friends. Such acts of kindness are highlighted on each page spread, emphasizing the traits of kindness such as being a good listener, sticking together until the job is done, and helping others in need. At the end of the book, Nico finds it very difficult to let Lola go, for his kindness has forged a friendship between them that has become a joy to little Nico. Aunt Sue promises to take care of Lola, and Nico earns the opportunity to take care of other dogs in the days ahead. Nico and Lola is a sweet book for young children, particularly those who love dogs or animals in general. Its quality binding, lovely story, and beautiful photographs make it a book worth sharing. --Kendra Fletcher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

This photographic picture book is about a little boy, Nico, taking care of an even smaller dog, Lola, for the weekend while his aunt is out of town. This is a precious book. Nico is so mild mannered and cute and Lola, a small Pug, is adorable. The photos are clean and well lit with vibrant colors. The text emphasizes the importance of being kind and the many ways that one can choose to be kind. The book reinforces responsibility and thoughtfulness without being preachy. It is perfect for the target ages and will help teach good tot/pet relationships. We rated it five hearts. --Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nico and Lola; 1st edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615230407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615230405
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a fun loving, witty story filled with sympathetic photos that convey genuine kindness.
Michelle Troupe
Nico and Lola is a wonderful story about a boy learning about kindness as he takes care of a realtive's dog.
Beth Stuart
Nico and Lola is a wonderful story about the love and kindness between an adorable boy and a dog, lola.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Stuart on August 12, 2009
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Nico and Lola is a wonderful story about a boy learning about kindness as he takes care of a realtive's dog. The story is pretty simple for a young child to understand and the pictures are real which is an added bonus! As a kindergarten teacher I'm always looking for new ways to teach these important lessons to my students, and this book will work perfect! The lessons the little boy learns are great conversation starters about how to be kind to other people. I highly recommend this book to teachers and parents!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog a children's picturebook about a young boy who learns to better embody the virtue of kindness while temporarily taking care of his aunt's black, pug-nosed dog Lola. Young Nico has fun playing with Lola, and learns to look after her, but most important of all, he thinks of ways he can show kindness to the friendly animal. "Lola sat very still while Nico removed a small pebble stuck between her toes. He asked, 'Want me to kiss it and make it all better?' Lola snorted and danced in circles on her mended paw. Nico giggled." Gorgeous, full-color photography of the titular duo fill this charming storybook with a positive message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. Hesseltine on March 24, 2009
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This book is an outstanding opportunity to teach your child(ren) about genuine kindness. Nico and Lola provide me with teachable moments each time I read this book to my own children. The messages throughout the book, including--showing concern for others, setting a good example, and remembering your manners--offer my family gentle reminders of how important it is to make kindness a part of our everyday lives.

Jen Hesseltine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary L. Jallits on March 4, 2009
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The photographs are so expressive and draw you in to the relationship with
Nico and Lola making you smile. The story and Kind messages are heartfelt
and will be something to carry with you each time you read it. What a
wonderful book to snuggle up with and read to your children. They will
surely Pass It On.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Kloempken on March 29, 2009
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I am a high school graduate who does a lot of babysitting. Every time I read this book to any of the kids I babysit they love the beautiful photography and all the parents love the message from the book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who works with children. I must say that Lola is such an adorable dog.
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A Kid's Review on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Sophia (age 6) and Madeline (age 7.5) McElroy for Reader Views (1/09)

Sophia: This is a happy and funny story about a boy and a dog named Lola. My favorite part of the story was when Nico gave Lola a treat and he hid it behind his back - I thought this was really funny. My favorite photo is Nico with all of his dog friends at the end of the book. I like this book because I like dogs! Lola is so cute! This was a fun and easy book to read for me.

Madeline: This is a beautiful story about a boy named Nico and a dog named Lola. I like this book because it says stuff about being kind. I also like books about dogs. Nico did a kind thing by agreeing to watch his Aunt Sue's dog while she was away. Nico liked being with Lola. They became good friends. He played with her and he even shared his favorite blanket with her for a nap. My favorite part of the story is when Nico hugged Lola good-bye. He was going to miss her after his Aunt Sue picked-up Lola after her vacation. I really liked all of the pictures a lot. The best picture is of Nico and Lola walking with neighbor friends in the park. I enjoyed reading this book because it was full of nice things and friends. "Nico & Lola" by Meggan Hill and Susan M. Graunke is a good book about how to treat animals in your care. I learned how to show caring and kindness to animals. You should always give your dog water on a warm day after running a lot.
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By Jocelyn DiAngelo on January 13, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This book is, in short, adorable. It tells the story of a friendship between a little boy and a Pug. They go on multiple small adventures, including meeting the neighbor children and going to the park. Lola has been entrusted to the care of Nico while her owner is away for a short while, and Nico is overjoyed at the prospect of looking after this sweet dog.

Not only is this a wonderful story, the writing is crisp and clean while still offering vivid description and wonderfully accompanying the photographs. The photographs themselves are very nicely done, with vivid colors and a perfect capturing of Nico and Lola’s friendship.
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You will enjoy curling up with your child to read Nico & Lola. It is a charming story about a little boy named Nico who takes care of an adorable pug named Lola while her owner is out of town. Over the course of their weekend together, Nico teaches us that being kind means showing concern for others, setting a good example, remembering your manners and being a good listener. The story is insightful and the photographs are big and bright - sure to capture your child's attention.

P.S. Nico & Lola would also make a great gift - my copy came signed by the author and photographer!!!
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