Written and Illustrated by Hazel Mitchell
Fall in love with this heartwarming tale almost as quickly as the boy falls in love with his new dog.
When a young boy and his father move into a new home, the boy asks for a dog. At the local animal shelter, they disagree briefly on which dog is right for them, but the dad lets the son choose, since it will be his responsibility. The first days with Toby are rough, as he is afraid of everything and does not know his doggie manners. But, gradually, as Toby and his boy learn from each other and form a bond, life gets better. They play together, go on walks, and even hunt for shoes. They learn to sit and stay and make friends.
Mitchell’s beautiful illustrations capture the emotions of all three characters. She shows all the actions involved in adjusting to their new life together. The end pages are especially delightful.
The author’s note about the Toby who inspired this story should encourage people to visit shelters and be as loving as the boy in the story. Parents and teachers should be prepared to discuss puppy mills and how they affect different animals differently. Also, discussions about responsibility and training animals may be incorporated.
- Title: Toby
- Author/Illustrator: Hazel Mitchell
- Published: Candlewick, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Paperback, 40 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 1
- Genre: Fiction, Animals
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-8093-0