The Blue House Dog, a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award, is a perfect book for anyone who’s ever loved a dog or anyone who’s ever experienced grief. It is a story of a boy who lost his dog and a dog who lost his owner. Somehow, the two find each other, and after a while, grow to love each other. It’s not easy for either of them to move on, but they help each other through their grief.
I can already envision what will happen when I read this book to my young students. All of us, especially the dog lovers, will be crying. The words and pictures in this book combine to create a reading experience that is as emotional as it is satisfying.
This book almost makes me want to go out and adopt a dog right now. Almost.