My Dog, Hen
Why should we get a brand-new dog when Hen is as good as new to us? asks the young boy at the center of this story. The adorable mixed-breed pup is brought home in a cardboard box, given toys, and some food-and then proceeds to enthusiastically eat up his loving home. When nothing can be done (and all the pocket money has been spent on new toys) the boy's wise and thrifty grandmother finds a helpful solution. Readers of all ages will laugh at Hen's boundless energy and parents especially will identify with the challenges of training a headstrong dog. Any family that has ever adopted a rescue pet will appreciate this story's gentle lesson about finding value in our less-than-perfect belongings and loved ones.