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Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Abandoned Puppy by Holly Webb

The Abandoned Puppy - Holly Webb Animal Stories 23

Zoe is thrilled to be helping out at her Auntie Jo's animal shelter over the Easter holidays. But she doesn't expect to come across a box on the steps of the shelter containing three tiny abandoned puppies. It's touch and go for the littlest pup, whom Zoe names Cookie. Over the next few weeks, Zoe takes special care of Cookie and a close bond is formed between the two of them. But how will Zoe cope when it comes for the puppies to be rehomed?

This is the twenty third animal story book written by Holly Webb, a favourite author of my daughter's and even though she is reading harder books now she still loves to go back to these cute animal stories every now and then.

This story is perfect for this time of year, when many animals are given as presents over the Christmas period and many are dumped after Christmas when children may get fed up with them or families can't afford to keep the pets. In this story a litter of three puppies, who are left on the doorstep of Zoe's aunts animal shelter. There is one puppy who is weaker and tinier than the other two, Cookie, who forms a close bond with Zoe.

The story tells the story of life in the animal shelter and Zoe finds it difficult when these three puppies are put up for adoption, but Cookie also struggles when one by one the puppies leave and she realises she may also leave soon - without Zoe.

As with all of Holly Webb's books, it is beautifully written and has beautiful pencil sketch drawings which accompany the story. It is great for children who are gaining confidence in reading alone or for children who enjoy a bedtime story which can be spread over a number of nights.

Thank you to the publishers, Stripes Publishing, for sending me the book to review.

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