Each day we have been reviewing books that support different topics or issues in the classroom. We recently reviewed ‘Madeline Finn and the Library Dog’ Written and Illustrated by Lisa Papp Published by Old Barn Books.
When we review a text, we always send the author and illustrator a copy of the review, to get their feedback and to ensure they too have a chance to have their say. When ew contacted Lisa Papp, she wrote back and gave us some of the back story behind her book. It is an interesting story and idea for those courageous schools and librarians out there. Here is what Lisa had to say
“Oh my goodness. Thank you for taking the time to review Madeline Finn! I really enjoyed the commentary, as I too feel that it is not just about learning to read, or perseverance, but really about going outside of the box in order to reach someone. I am ever grateful for the teachers and librarians who are open to these Read-to-Dogs programs. They make a difference! I have yet to meet a librarian, with one of these programs, who hasn’t witnessed breakthroughs. As a dog lover, you know they are masters at unconditional love. The kids sense that right away. And when they are accepted – just as they are – their resistance just fades away. It is so beautiful to see a child remember they are loved. From THAT space, learning comes naturally.