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The dog who belonged to no one

Amy Hest

Illustrated by Amy Bates

Picture Book

Ages 4 to 8

Abrams, 2008, 978-0-8109-9483-6

  There once was a dog who belonged to no one. He spent his days trying to be useful to people, and he spent his nights shivering and dreaming of “belonging to someone.” There once was a girl called Lia who worked hard every Sunday delivering bread and cakes for her parents, who were bakers. Lia would ride her bicycle around town delivering her parent’s wares, trying to ignore the fact that she was lonely.

  Then one Sunday there was a big rainstorm and both the dog and Lia rushed about trying to get out of the wet. They both got “soaked to the bone.” They were both wet and miserable. And then something special happened.

  This is a book that dog lovers of all ages will really appreciate. It is a celebration of dogs and the special place that they have in our hearts and in our lives. It is a reminder that a dog can play an important role in the life of a child, giving him or her companionship and unconditional devotion.

  The combination of the lyrical text and the Amy Bates’ delightfully warm and expressive illustrations makes this a memorable book that will surely be pulled off the shelf again and again.



The dog who belonged to no one


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