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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Imagine going out to play on a rainy day and finding a lost, wet, and very lonely puppy. What would you do? Bring it home? I know I would. That’s what Little Mona did. All dressed up in a raincoat and boots, she was walking in the rain when she found this friendly, white with black spots puppy, looking quite wet and miserable in the rain. And, of course, lost. She brings in the puppy, washes her, and feeds her. She even gives the puppy a name, Dottie. A strong bond between the two is instantaneous.
S. Renée Mack’s picture book story, Little Mona Meets A Pup (Little Mona Adventures Book 1), is the beginning of a series of adventures for a little white with black spots puppy who unexpectedly enters Little Mona’s life. Love and compassion form an instant bond between the little girl and the puppy and the time and care Little Mona gives Dottie, the puppy, is commendable. It’s important to care for a pet, not just bring it home, and Little Mona shows that sense of responsibility. The story is told in simple language, suitable for a young, perhaps beginner reader. There are some rhyming lines that add to the charm. The colorful illustrations certainly help carry this story along. Young readers will enjoy both reading along with an adult and reading this story alone many times over. At the end of the story, the author has provided music to the text of the story, so the young reader can learn to sing along as well as read along. A sweet and compassionate story.