The Dog (Hardcover)

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By Helen Mixter, Margarita Sada (Illustrator)
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The Dog is a wonderful story of how therapy dogs can help children with life-threatening illnesses. Just the presence of a dog can make anyone feel better.


“When I felt sad I patted her and she liked it. When I cried she licked my face.”


The words are very simple and the illustrations clearly capture how illness affects the children and their families. Inspired by Poppy the therapy dog at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada, partial proceeds from sales of The Dog will benefit that program. 

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A testament to the comforting power of an animal's love.

The uncomplicated love and dedication of a dog can make anyone feel better--particularly a child who is small and vulnerable. Through beautiful, simple illustrations and words, The Dog shows how one animal helps a young boy who is ill. She is his comfort, his companion, and his friend; when he's unhappy, she places her paw on his hand to show him she's there.

The Dog is a story for young children, and for anyone who has ever owned a pet. But most of all, it shows how important animal companionship is for children. The warmth of animal friends helps make life worth living, especially when times are tough.

About the Author

Helen Mixter is a writer and the translator of several children's books, including the Governor General's Award-winning Harvey. Margarita Sada is a well-known Mexican artist who has illustrated picture books, nonfiction books, and fairy tales, including the award-winning Venir del Mar by Jose Alberto Caban and Oloyou by Teresa Cardenas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781771642712
ISBN-10: 1771642718
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 24
Language: English