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Rosa Moves to Town (Stella) Hardcover – International Edition, February 28, 1997
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Hardcover, International Edition, February 28, 1997
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From Kirkus Reviews
Rosa is a spunky dog, a veritable Hoover of the canine realm, ingesting every interesting morsel she encounters whether it is food or not. She and her ``aunt'' have moved to the city where she has to remain on a leash, but where the streets are full of delicious leftovers and there are always new dogs to meet. Rosa's foraging goes too far when she swallows chunks of her rubber toys and must be admitted to the hospital for surgery. It's a minor setback in Rosa's book, for she is ready for her next adventure when her ecstatic aunt picks her up. Lindgren renders the entire piece from a dog's view, leaving it to readers to determine that Rosa's aunt is really her owner, and reporting without comment on the puppy with ``only one eye because the other one had popped out when she was fighting with her own mother.'' Scary. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Her owner loves her dearly and will move mountains for her. When Rosa swallows one of her rubber squeaky toys, her owner has her admitted to a pet hospital where the dog undergoes surgery to remove the rubber toy.
Hospitals are frightening places for anybody of any age. To her credit, the author helps keep some of that fear at bay by having a dog patient as opposed to a human patient. Using this distancing technique makes it easier to laugh at the notion of a pet hospital (such places do exist) and cheer for the recovery of the avaricious little dog.