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PreSchool-Grade 2--A sweet story about the death of a beloved pet, this is bibliotherapy at its best. Daisy, a dog, and Arthur, a boy, are inseparable until the day the canine lies down in her basket never to rise again. Although she arrives in a lovely doggy nirvana, Daisy can't fully enjoy her newfound paradise because she is able to look down on her former home and see her family grieving. On the advice of fellow dogs in heaven, she sends the child dreams that both reassure him about her benign fate and encourage him to move forward by acquiring a new puppy. Clark's simple text and characteristically child-friendly illustrations make this book useful for sharing with even the youngest children. Recommend it along with Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995) to anyone seeking comfort when dealing with issues of grief and loss.--Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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PreS. There's nothing religious in the view of heaven in this picture book about the loss of a beloved pet. Clark has simply created a joyful fantasy with an honest treatment of grief and comfort. Daisy, Arthur's dog, is devoted to him, but she can't keep up with him anymore. After she dies, she wakes up in dog heaven, a place she loves. The bright lively pictures show an idyllic place in the sky with sunshine and flower-filled green meadows, where Daisy runs with lots of old and new dog friends or curls up in a cozy armchair. Arthur doesn't know that Daisy is happy. He misses her and doesn't want another dog. But Daisy is watching over him, and she sends him dreams about her beautiful dog heaven and suggests that he get another puppy. The countryside Arthur sees when he drives with his parents to choose his new pet looks a lot like Daisy's heaven. Because Clark never denies the child's sorrow and loss, the hopeful, loving scenes will help preschoolers move on. Hazel Rochman
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