Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by Lisa Papp
July 31, 2021 Alexandra Adlawan

Young Children Who Love Dogs

When Madeline Finn learns about animal shelters, she’s determined to help the shelter dogs feel loved. With the help of her new puppy, some friends and a few good books, she just may discover that even small people can make a big difference.


Continuing where Madeline Finn and the Library Dog left off, Madeline is now helping dogs at the animal shelter. I don’t really like going to animal shelters, I get depressed looking at their sad faces through the bars.


I love how the illustrator drew all the dogs. They are so cute, I want to reach into the book and hug them. But I can’t so I just hug my dog, Dude. Pay close attention to the illustrations. Like many books, you’ll find a new detail every time you look through.


Children reading to shelter dogs is the best idea ever. The dogs are given attention and comfort and the kids can practice reading out loud and learn empathy. Though it’s a shame that the dogs and the kids have to be separated by a cage because it’s hard for a kid to see a dog and not pet it and it’s hard for a dog to see a kid and not lick them.


As a bonus, here are some cute pictures of children reading to shelter dogs . . .

. . . and a YouTube link to a video of children reading to shelter dogs.


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