Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Book - 2016
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Reluctant reader Madeline really wants to earn a star at school, so when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests she read to a dog Madeline gives it a try.
Publisher: Atlanta : Peachtree, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781561459100
Branch Call Number: FICTION Papp
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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DBRL_ChrissJ Sep 29, 2020

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. Every time she tries to read a big word out loud it gets all jumbled in her mouth and comes out wrong. She never gets a gold star from her teacher... only a keep trying heart. She wants a gold star. She NEEDS a gold star. Thankfully her librarian has an idea.

Jun 13, 2019

I just finished reading Madeline Finn and the Library Dog and wow what a beautiful book! I loved both the illustrations and pictures and had to share a.s.a.p with you lovely readers!

2016; Peachtree Publishing Company

"Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck."

Madeline Finn does not like to read, but she does want the star that her teacher gives to students that read well. She always gets the "keep trying" heart sticker. She tries hard to study on her own but the words do not come to her. Then one day at the library she is introduced to Bonnie the dog. The Librarian asks Madeline Finn to please read to Bonnie to keep her company. At first she is nervous but when she makes a mistake and Bonnie doesn't laugh but instead gives her full attention. With Bonnie's help the words begin to fall into place and she can read! Will Madeline Finn be able to read out loud in class and finally get her star?

I loved the picture on the cover and the illustrations inside are breathtaking. Most pages would make great postcard pictures. The story is adorable but also perfect for parents of children who maybe cannot read. I think the message is beautifully written and I hope that this books falls in the hands of other Madeline Finns.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

LiztheLibrarian Feb 13, 2018

This book was a fantastic story about the fun and usefulness of programs that go on in libraries all over, we call ours Paws to Read.

Feb 11, 2017

We need more books like this. It's a gem for young or old!!

nmaryann Jan 18, 2017

Bonnie the Library Dog offers Madeline great comfort and companionship as she learns how to read. A perfect picture book to share with emerging readers who have anxieties about reading aloud.

DBRL_KatieL Jan 16, 2017

I absolutely love this book!!!
First-I have hosted a similar library program, where children read to therapy dogs, because dog's don't judge. I saw children who spoke very little English gain confidence in their reading skills, as well as children from countries were dogs are not pets learn about pets, and go from fearful to confident. These programs are wonderful on so many levels!
Second-the main character is not perfect. She struggles, and tries day after day, and still has trouble. That is reality. Even when she starts reading with Bonnie there is not an instant change. It takes time for her abilities to grow. But they do, and she does get better.
Third-there is a happy ending. Not only does Madeline get better at reading, she is able to share her success with the dog; Bonnie, and puppies! Who doesn't love puppies?
Finally, the book itself. The illustrations are very well done, the character faces are realistic, and show emotion. The pacing is well done, and the text is not crowded on the page, making this a good candidate for reading aloud to groups. Without a doubt a 5 star.

ArapahoeJennieB Dec 27, 2016

A heartwarming and encouraging story about a girl who has trouble reading, until she meets a library dog, who doesn't laugh at her difficulty. With the help of the dog, she is gains the confidence she needs to be a better reader. A great book to read at a library, or at home, or anywhere really.

ArapahoeLarissa Dec 09, 2016

So adorable. This book makes me smile.

SPL_Brittany Aug 30, 2016

It is a beautifully illustrated book, with an equally encouraging story about a reluctant reader who has anxiety and struggles reading aloud in school, and how she gains confidence in her reading skills by reading to a dog at the library.

Aug 09, 2016

This book is perfect for those who love animals, have children who are stubborn about reading, and who can find joy in learning to read. This book made me cry like a baby.


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sanamg Oct 25, 2017

Madeline doesn't like to read at all. Sometimes people in her class giggle when she reads out loud and makes a mistake. She gets a lot of heart stickers from her teacher saying Keep Trying, but she wants a Star sticker. One day, Madeline's mother takes her to the library, and a librarian asks her if she is interested to read to a dog. Madeline picks up a book to read for the dog, and when she gets the letters mixed up the dog doesn't mind. Instead, it lets Madeline pet her. With the dog's patience, Madeline's reading skills improve, and she becomes a good reader at the end.


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