Published by Schwartz and Wade
Summary: A woman notices a stray dog in the park at the start of this wordless book. Day after day, she tries to gently coax him to come to her, but he’s shy. Finally, he begins to play a cautious game of fetch with her. One night, he follows her home. As he stands outside her door, it begins to rain. Soon he’s soaked and seeks shelter in a cardboard box. While he’s asleep, the woman comes dashing out of her house and runs to the park. Clearly, she’s looking for the dog, and when she doesn’t find him, she dispiritedly returns home. Outside her front door, she sees the ball they used for fetch, and discovers her friend inside the box. He finally allows her to pick him up, and inside he dries off and has a good meal. At bedtime, she shows him the pillows at the foot of her bed, but he prefers to curl up on her bed, and that’s where he is as the two of them sleep on the last page. 40 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: If you need your heartstrings tugged, this is the book for you. The illustrations are gorgeous with interesting lights and shadows showing different times of day and night. The pictures tell the story clearly, so kids will have no trouble understanding what is going on.
Cons: You will definitely get a lump in your throat reading this one.