The Stray Dog (Marc Simont)

Hello, everyone! Today’s book is the modern classic The Stray Dog by Marc Simont, based on a true story by Reiko Sassa. It’s a wonderfully sweet tale about a little dog and the family who decide to give him a home.

A family is out for a picnic one day when a little dog wanders up and charms them. They invite him to share their meal, play with him and teach him to sit up, and call him Willy. When the time comes to leave, the children ask to bring Willy home with them, but the parents insist that such a friendly and sweet dog must have someone looking for him. But on the way home, the daughter asks the question that will stick in their minds all week: “What if Willy doesn’t have anybody?” After a week of contemplating, wondering and worrying about the sweet little dog, they return to their picnic spot, hoping to find their friend. And there he is – but has the dogcatcher found him first?

Like many of the modern classics that came out after my childhood, I missed out on this book when it was originally published, but I’m so glad a friend recommended it to me! Who doesn’t love a story about an animal finding a loving home, and a family bringing the joy of a pet into their lives? The plot is simple yet compelling, and the lovely illustrations do well to compliment and add on to the text. The length is perfect for baby bookworms, and JJ and I both loved it, so if you haven’t checked this one out yet, you absolutely should. Baby Bookworm approved!


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