This week marked a book birthday for Hello Goodbye Dog, an amazing new picture book from Maria Gianferrari and Patrice Barton! I fell in love with this book, and I can’t wait to read it aloud to my class this fall. In a time where we are hoping to add diverse books to our bookshelves to more accurately reflect the experiences of our students, Hello Goodbye Dog is a perfect fit for elementary classrooms.
Zara and her adorable dog Moose are almost inseparable. Moose loves saying hello in the joyful way that only dogs can. When Zara heads off to school, however, Moose has trouble saying goodbye. He repeatedly finds ways to show up at Zara’s school to say hello. Since it’s clear that Moose is most content when comforting others, his owners take him to school to become a therapy dog. At the end of the book, the children in Zara’s class are happily reading to Moose, who has now become the class reading dog.
Besides the fact that the story itself is incredibly precious, Gianferrari’s words add so much meaning to the rich text. Metaphors for loneliness will help readers understand Moose’s feelings. Vivid details in the text add action to the story. In addition to being a great read aloud, this book would make a strong mentor text for showing feelings in writing.
Gianferrari’s words and Barton’s illustrations create a story that is so needed in our classrooms today. Hello Goodbye Dog serves as a valuable mirror for students in our classrooms who are supported by therapy dogs, and provides a window for students who may not have the same experience. This is a must-add for your classroom bookshelves!
Since I am so in love with this book and believe it should be on classroom bookshelves everywhere, I’m giving away a finished copy! You can enter by tweeting, leaving a comment, or signing up for my email list through the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
Note: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the publisher, author, or illustrator of “Hello Goodbye Dog.”