Monday, December 10, 2012

DO YOU STILL LOVE ME? by Charlotte Middleton

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 6
 AR Quiz No. 70832 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Dudley is a happy dog. He gets up early, plays hide and seek, and chases the neighbor's cat, Jenna. Best of all, he snuggles with his best friend, Anna.  One day Anna brings home a new friend - a chameleon named Pequito. Pequito seems to be better at everything - he gets up earlier, and he's REALLY good at hiding.   What's worse, he has taken Dudley's snuggle place on Anna's lap.  Dudley is forlorn, thinking Anna doesn't love him anymore and he goes to his bed to take a nap.  When he wakes up, Pequito is gone and Dudley is glad.  But Pequito is gone for a long time and Dudley starts to worry. He goes to see if he can find him and . . . . OH NO!  Jenna has already found Pequito and is about to make him her afternoon snack!  Dudley barks his loudest bark and saves Pequito. From then on, Dudley is Pequito's and Anna's hero as he takes on the job of being the little chameleon's protector, something he is really good at!

Dudley's feelings of being replaced will be familiar to any child who has a younger sibling or has had a new child move into the neighborhood and take up with "their" friend.  Happily, the story will also help them understand that parents and friendships don't have to be exclusive and that everyone in the group adds their own brand of special to the mix.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Do You Still Love Me? can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/bp6pgag  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



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