In Maria Gianferrari’s Hello Goodbye Dog, Zara says Goodbye, but her dog, Moose, only wants to say, Hello.
For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with her favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.
But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.
Dogs can be bridges between people who might never talk to one another. Dogs can bring people closer together. But most of all, dogs provide us with unconditional love. And therapy dogs just happen to be experts in giving unconditional love. They differ from service dogs in that they do not undergo such extensive training. Therapy dogs are tested and evaluated for reliability, calmness, and their ability to give affection. Their main function is to provide emotional support in a variety of environments, from classrooms to hospitals, nursing homes, and even correctional facilities.
Therapy dogs can be be used in classrooms and libraries to foster a love of reading. Therapy reading dogs provide a “pawsitive” association with reading, and especially with reading aloud, since child readers are neither judged on not corrected for mispronunciation. Instead, they read for the sheer enjoyment of their audience – a dog. Who wags her tail? Who gives you his rapt attention? Who listens, even if the story is boring? Who rests her head on your ankles? A dog. It’s the perfect combination: tales and tails!
About the Author
Maria Gianferrari is the author of several picture books, including Coyote Moon, which she published with Roaring Brook Press. For Maria, hello is sunshine after a snowstorm, the scent of cinnamon, and happy greetings from her beloved mutt, Becca. Maria lives in northern Virginia with Becca, her scientist husband, and her artist daughter.
Patrice Barton is the illustrator of over twenty picture and chapter books, including the award-winning picture books MINE! by Shutta Crum and The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. Her chapter books include the Junior Library Guild selections The Year of the Three Sisters: An Anna Wang Novel by Andrea Cheng and The Naming of Tishkin Silk by Glenda Millard. Patrice makes her home in Austin, Texas, with her husband and her sweet dog, Archer.