Thursday 17 November 2022

Book ~ "Goldie" (2006) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy.

Then Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?

Charles is in grade two and Lizzie is in grade four. Their father is a fireman and he is called out in the middle of the night because of a fire. When he gets home the next morning, he has a golden retriever puppy named Goldie. Charles and Lizzy have been bugging their parents to get a dog but their mom is a cat person and has said no. She agrees to let them foster Goldie so they can see what it's like having the responsibility of having a dog. This makes them excited but sad that they'll have to find a home for her.

Though this book is a quick read and directed at elementary-aged children, I found it entertaining. There are lessons included in the story like socializing and housetraining a dog and there is a puppy tip at the end. It is written in third person perspective and first person from Goldie's point of view. It is the first in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 64 books in the series.

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