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The Christmas puppy
Intrater, Roberta Grobel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
57 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A mischievous dog and a lonely old man help Zach learn the true meaning of Christmas.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
Reading Level:
630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 1.0 65315.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 2 Quiz: 17139.
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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Holiday
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FICTION Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
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One snowy night, Zach's beloved puppy, Tina, disappears from the yard. Weeks later, Zach spots the puppy in town while he and his mother are Christmas shopping. Tina has become the pet of a lonely old man...and now Zach faces a difficult decision.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. This light holiday fare offers a simple drama about a dog and the family that adopts her. The story, told by Zach, describes Tina's arrival from the animal shelter and how the dog becomes the center of family life. Tina is a joy, but she's also mischievous and frequently runs away. Usually she finds her way back, but one night during a freak snowstorm, she disappears and is gone for weeks. Finally, a few days before Christmas, the family sees her being led on a leash by a homeless man. Zach makes the difficult decision to let the man keep her. Bruce McNally's watercolor illustrations portray Tina in both her funny moments--chewing colored markers, pulling the tablecloth off the table--and her heroic ones--standing proudly by the man who loves her and needs her. Although this is predictable and sentimental, it's also a sweet tale, with merit lying in the message that sacrifice has intrinsic rewards. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Another pup is in the Christmas spotlight with this touching chapter book wherein boy meets dog, boy loses dog, boy gives dog away. Zach and his family adopt Tina, a rascally puppy whom they grow to love dearly, and they're heartbroken when she disappears. She's eventually discovered in the company of a homeless man, and Zach makes the ultimate sacrifice when he decides that the stranger needs a friend even more than he does. Sprinkled with supple watercolors and trimmed with thin red borders on each page, this gifty-looking volume gently tugs the heartstrings. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Zach gets a puppy, Tina, on Memorial Day weekend. The rest of this lackluster, wordy story tells about the different experiences she has throughout the year. At the end of September, during a birthday party, Tina escapes from the yard and doesn't come home. Close to Christmastime, she is found living with a homeless man. Rather than taking the pup away from her new owner, the family gets another dog and shares Christmas dinner with the man and Tina. Full-color watercolor paintings and a handsome design can't save this mediocre offering.-T.T. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.