1st-3rd Grade Readers, Preschool-Kindergarten

Someone Needs a Friend Today.

“Can I be Your Dog” is a sweet book that my whole family enjoyed. It is basically a compilation of letters written between the dog and various community members as the dog searches for a home and family. Troy Cummings does a great job of taking a serious topic of helping animals in need and making it bringing it to the attention of children in a heartwarming way. Don’t worry, I won’t give away the ending, but I will tell you that at the very end of the book Mr. Cummings shares lots of ideas of how you too can help animals without a home, and of course, we were inspired! But first, the review…

  • Age appropriate words and tone Yes
  • Age appropriate messaging – Yes
  • Engaging illustrations – Yes
  • Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
  • Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Yes,
    • I would rate this book a 5 out of 5!

You’ve read the book, now what?

The Value of Working for a Gift

They made their sign, they knew their message (“the money is to help the lonely puppies,”) and they mixed their product. By 10am my little entrepreneurs were ready to open their first business. Let me say, we have some very generous neighbors! I have never in my life paid so much for a glass of lemonade as some of the kind souls that drove by this sale over the weekend did, but my children were so excited and so grateful! In under two hours, they raised $45 to take to donate to the SPCA! I don’t know who benefited more from this project, the homeless puppies, the people who were able to donate and many of whom commented on being proud of the kids for taking such initiative, or my children, who got to work for something other than themselves. They got the satisfaction of the joy that comes from working hard for something other than yourself. They were so happy to give all that money away, knowing it was for a good cause. I was so proud of them. After it was all said and done, it was very late, and I did treat them to a Happy Meal, which was almost providential because inside they found a dog of their own to take home!

Letters Lift a Lonely Heart

Great Grandpa has terrible Alzheimer’s disease, he won’t remember which great- grandchild Lydia is when this had written card reaches his complete care home, but he will remember that he is loved. He will know that he is remembered and treasured even though we are far away. If you know someone who might be lonely, write them a letter. Don’t send a text. Don’t rely on a Facebook post. There is something special about the extra effort of putting a stamp on an envelope and taking those few steps to the mailbox that really spark our hearts. Let’s revive the dying art of letter writing!

Read together and Do together!