Perfect Picture Book Friday! Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a super sweet story about trying your best and overcoming your fears with a little help from your friends.

madelineMadeline Finn and the Library Dog
By Lisa Papp
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Peachtree Publishers on October 1, 2016

Theme/Topic-Reading/Trying Your Best

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I do NOT like to read!

Synopsis from Publisher: “Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read.
Not books.
Not magazines.
Not even the menu on the ice cream truck.
But Madeline Finn DOES want a gold star from her teacher.
Stars are for good readers.
Stars are for understanding words.
And saying them out loud.
Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out.
As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. Just like the sticker says.

What I Thought- I really like how this book doesn’t attribute Madeline’s reading troubles to anything, such as dyslexia, so it can relate to any kid, whether they have dyslexia or just trouble reading. Ms. Papp has written a good story about how if you keep trying at something, and take your time, you can ultimately succeed at your goal. It’s also nice that the story teaches this all without making it obvious that you are learning. That’s skill. Ms. Papp’s soft watercolors make the story feel intimate and cheery.madeline2  The book is perfect to read with children, as it is a problem they may empathize with. Madeline Finn will remind you of that one spunky person in your life who is insistent that it is their way or the highway. She wants to read, but is certain she cannot. She realizes that with gentle, quiet support (dogs don’t judge you for making mistakes) she can keep going, and ultimately succeed.madeline3 It’s a nice story with a positive ending, and an even happier twist. Kids will like this story that encourages them to keep trying and work it out.

Activities and Resources- I found a great article that has tips to encourage reading from HERE!

There is a good article on teaching perseverance with young kids at HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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14 replies

  1. Your review has added one more book to my WTR (want to read) or MR (must read) list! 🙂 Thanks, Erik. Great review.

  2. Just added this to my book order. Thanks for the great suggestion

  3. Yay, Bonnie! No judgement! I also do that job when I work at Read to a Pet Night at the library. Also I like when the kids read to me, pet me, give me treats, and have their mom take our picture. #therapydog

    Love and licks,

  4. Looks and sounds like a great book! That dog is adorable. Awesome that this book is one that all kids will be able to relate to and get inspired by. 🙂

  5. Now I just want to lean against a big ‘ol library dog and read! This sounds like a wonderful story.

  6. I love Bonnie. The perfect, cuddly, quiet yet supportive library dog. Evert library should have one.

  7. This sounds like a very sweet story. Plus dogs and books? That’s a perfect combo in my world:)

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