Friday, June 22, 2018

STAY: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Katie Klise

- A Story Of True Friendship! -

A white shaggy dog is sitting at the door to welcome the new baby girl into the family. Soon he becomes her bodyguard, her favorite pillow, and even at times her hiding place as she begins to grow.

To put it quite simply, Astrid and Eli become inseparable. But each year that Astrid celebrates her birthday she realizes that her dog is aging more quickly and starting to slow down.

Before Eli gets too old she holds him as they fly down a slide and share popcorn. She even decides to make a bucket list of things they should do together before he isn't able to: ride a bike, go to the library so she can read to him, watch a movie with him (of course she'd ask the theater owners permission first), sleep under the stars, and more.

When the list narrows down and Eli's fur fades from gray to white Astrid asks him if there is anything he'd like to add to the list, and of course there is.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Absolutely nothing

What I Liked Most: This is a beautiful, tastefully written, story about growing older with a pet. Is it a bit sad? Sure. But this is presented in such a positive manner that it is more of a celebration of friendship and love. *SPOILER ALERT* Does Eli die in the book: no. The story gently faces the eventual and inevitable loss of a pet though. Will it tug at heartstrings: you bet. But in a good way.

Author: Katie Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Published by: Feiwel & Friends (July 2017)

The Illustrations really worked for me!
My Illustrator's Award

  • Approx. Word Count: 632
  • Ages: 3 - 5
  • Pages:32

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