By Maria Gianferrari
Illustrated By Patrice Barton
“There was nothing Moose loved more than hello.”
Hello Goodbye Dog tells the story of Zara, a young girl, and Moose, her dog that doubles as her best friend. Moose adores Zara and wants to spend every second together, even the times when Moose is not supposed to, such as when Zara is at school. Over time it becomes clear that Moose will do whatever it takes to be with Zara constantly, so her family signs Moose up for training to become a therapy dog. When Moose passes all her tests, she officially becomes a therapy dog and is allowed to join Zara at school every day, much to the delight of Zara’s teachers and classmates.
This charming book puts a positive spin on what could be difficult topics to discuss, including wheelchairs and a need for a therapy dog. The illustrations are adorable and full of color, and one can’t help but fall in love with the loyal Moose by the end.
This story aligns with a popular program here at Plano Public Library, Readers and Waggers. Kids are able to practice reading aloud to Heart of Texas therapy dogs. Check out photos from a recent Readers and Waggers program on PPL’s Flickr.