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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Maria wants a dog - Maria veut un Chien by Brenda Akwar is a colorful, fun, educational book. It is the story of a little girl named Maria who loves dogs. She has just turned six years old, at which age her father promised her a dog of her very own. Readers follow Maria as she tries to decide what kind of dog she would like. One of the neatest things about the story is Maria’s observation of how the dogs chosen by some of her family members match those members’ personalities so well. It’s an observation many of us make and reinforces the wonderful relationship and companionship that can exist between pets and their owners. Of course, Maria has her own small lists of dog traits that won’t do for her, so you’ll want to keep reading to see which dog she finally selects and why. I personally think she gives her pet a cool name.
Maria Wants a Dog - Maria veut un Chien is illustrated by Mohd Daud with energetic illustrations. There are pages filled with various wide-eyed dogs looking like they are posing just right in anticipation of attracting their new owners. Kids could have a wonderful time learning what each type of dog is and deciding which one they would like to have as a pet. One high point of this book is that not only is it written in English, it is also written in French. This aspect makes the book perfect for someone studying the language and looking for something lighter than textbook reading as a practicing option. Another high point is a special two-page addition at the end of the story that encourages children to be responsible and loving owners of their pets. Overall, Brenda Akwar has crafted a great read for anyone who loves dogs and appreciates the adventure of finding a new pet.