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Ellie's dreams of owning her ideal dog are dashed when she inherits her grandmother's pooch (who eventually wins her over). "The author is right on target expressing how it feels to receive a gift that is not quite right,"said PW. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
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Grade 2-4-Ellie Martin has always wanted a puppy and her parents have promised that she can have one when she turns nine. Before her birthday, a letter arrives from her great-aunt, who explains that she must move into an apartment where pets are not allowed. Trying to make the best of a difficult situation, Ellie's parents tell their daughter that she can have her great-aunt's dog, Preston. To Ellie, he is a boring, brown dog and definitely not what she had in mind. Preston, however, proves to be a good friend; he helps her find her way home when she gets lost and keeps her company when she gets sick. Slowly, Ellie's affection for the animal grows. This beginning chapter book will have readers rooting for Preston and empathizing with the girl as she struggles with disappointment. The dilemma of an elderly person who is unable to keep her beloved pet is sensitively treated and adds to the realism of the story. Occasional black-and-white drawings illustrate the text.
Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 770 (What's this?)
  • Series: Sunburst Book
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Reprint edition (April 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374455384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374455385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not My Dog"
by Colby Rodowsky
(Farrar, Strauss Giroux, 1999)
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A sweet, well-measured book about a young girl named Ellie who has long dreamt of getting a cuddly little puppy, but is upset when her parents bring home an older, scruffier rescue dog instead. Ellie sulks and refuses to call the poor pooch "her" dog, even as she is slowly won over and comes to love him as much as she would have loved a pup. The writing is nice, as the language subtly shifts from chapter to chapter, reflecting the changes in Ellie's attitude towards the new dog. A nice, quiet book about pet ownership and adoption. Recommended. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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By cmmc on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Not my Dog" is not great literature, but it is a darling story. All adults and most children have at some time wanted something so badly that any substitute falls short. Ellie wanted a puppy and when the family took Great-aunt Margaret's dog because she could not have him in her new apartment, Ellie was broken hearted and knew in her heart that Preston would never be her dog. But as happens, Preston turned out to be special.
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This is a heart warming story about a girl who REALLY wants a dog and her feelings when a "hand-me-down" dog joins the family. The girls emotions are true to life and the ending is quite appropriate for the storyline. Teachers and librarians should have this book available for students in grades 1 through 4.
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