Where Lily Isn’t by Julie Paschkis, illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Published by Henry Holt and Co.

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Summary:  “Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged and licked and snuggled.  But not now.” A young girl deals with the empty places of losing her dog. Lily’s no longer at the side of her bed when she wakes up.  She’s not at the table, waiting for food to fall on the floor, or at the door, barking at the mailman. She’s not begging to go outside when the girl goes to the park, or waiting eagerly at the door when the girl returns from school.  “The house is full of all the places where Lily isn’t. But here inside me–that’s where Lily is and where she always will be,” the girl concludes, surrounded by the pictures she has drawn of herself and her dog. 32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  Anyone who has ever lost a pet will recognize the emptiness in the house that is left behind.  A perfect choice for a young child experiencing that loss.

Cons:  I seem to have forgotten to write any cons, and now I have returned the book to the library.  So Lily gets a pass.

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