Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill

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.

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