Published by Tundra Books
Summary: Long ago, Miss Wilhelmina Moon traveled to an island off the coast of France to work as a governess to sixty seven dogs. This job has given her a great deal of expertise about dogs and life in general. Here, she shares twenty of the most important life lessons she’s gained from her years as a dog governess, such as “Friends come in many shapes and sizes” and “Be true to your adventurous spirit”. Each lesson is accompanied by a painting of the indomitable Miss Moon and several of her charges in interesting situations. The final page is a class picture in which all the dogs are identified by name. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: An unusual Canadian import, this book doesn’t really tell a story, but you sense there’s a story behind it. Any illustration/lesson could be used as a writing prompt. Each dog is unique, and kids will enjoy finding out the names of their favorites at the end.
Cons: Some of the lessons may require some explanation for the youngest readers.