Published by Peachtree Publishing Company
Summary: Madeline’s dog Star is turning one year old, and he’s facing an important event. Star and Madeline have been practicing meeting people and dogs, sitting and staying to get ready for Star’s test to qualify as a therapy dog at Walker Oaks Retirement Village. All goes well on the first two days, except that Star fails to make old Mr. Humphrey smile, and Madeline can’t even get him to say hello. The third time around, Madeline gets a reminder to be patient. She and Star sit with Mr. Humphrey, reading him a book, until their patience is finally rewarded, and Star gets a therapy dog tag to put on his collar. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Somehow I’ve missed these adorable books about Madeline Finn and her dog: there’s one about her learning to read with Bonnie, the library dog, and another about how she gets Star. This one will definitely tug at your heartstrings, both the winning illustrations and the touching ending. Madeline and the two sweet dogs on the cover are sure to draw readers to them like a double canine magnet.
Cons: Seemed like a missed opportunity not to have additional information about therapy dogs at the end.