From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 1—Lady and the Tramp
, anyone? Esme Lamour is a much-loved poodle who becomes lost in the park and is rescued by a rough-around-the-edges New York mutt named Samuel Bloom. They fall in love on the meandering trip back uptown. Briefly separated by Esme's owner's prejudices, the poodle braves the mean streets to reunite with Bloom. Her owner is won over, and the pair live happily ever after. Shields's stilted and overworked rhymes end with one that epitomizes the work: "And with her walk Esme, and Samuel Bloom,/Plus five little puppies, as round as the moon." Round as the moon? Harbour's gently washed illustrations evoke the New York of yesteryear. Neither story nor art is strong enough to overcome the worn material.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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About the Author
Gillian Shields was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. She has authored many picture books, including Dogfish and The Perfect Bear. She lives with her husband and family in England. Elizabeth Harbour works as an artist, an illustrator, and a printmaker. Her debut children’s book was A First Picture Book of Nursery Rhymes. Elizabeth lives in South London with her husband and two young children.