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ben is apprehensive about staying over at his aunt rose’s house while his parents are away. but with the promise of a big surprise, ben reluctantly agrees to at least give it a try. only, when the surprise arrives, it is not what ben expects at all. At the door is a labrador retriever named gully. the only problem is that ben is afraid of dogs. Dogs jump at people, bite people, and even kill people! And even though gully seems friendly, ben decides he will never be friends with a dog. but when ben finds himself ...
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ben is apprehensive about staying over at his aunt rose’s house while his parents are away. but with the promise of a big surprise, ben reluctantly agrees to at least give it a try. only, when the surprise arrives, it is not what ben expects at all. At the door is a labrador retriever named gully. the only problem is that ben is afraid of dogs. Dogs jump at people, bite people, and even kill people! And even though gully seems friendly, ben decides he will never be friends with a dog. but when ben finds himself alone with gully in a scary situation, he starts to rethink his fear. perhaps he will be able to survive the whole weekend at Aunt rose’s with gully running around after all.

Timid Ben learns how to deal with his fears when he spends the weekend with Aunt Rose and meets a big Labrador retriever named Gully.

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Gr 3-6 A sincere, charming story of a child overcoming fears. On his first stay away from home without his family, timid Ben faces many challenges: Aunt Rose, whom his brother said was mean; sleeping alone; the bossy girl next door; a thunderstorm; but most of alla big dog. His aunt had planned Gully as a surprise and later for a birthday present, but Ben is terrified of the dog until a thunderstorm brings them quivering together under the same bed. During that weekend, Ben proves that he can be brave when he and Hana become trapped in the attic until Gully brings his aunt to their rescue. The simple plot is realistically portrayed with genuine children's emotions and reactions. The message that everyone has dragons to fight is evident as a natural element of Ben's dilemma, with the expected resolution of boy and dog becoming friends. Julie Cummins, Monroe County Lib . System, Rochester, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143312307
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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Jean Little lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2001

    Timid Ben

    Ben goes to Aunt Rosa's house for the weekend and is very afraid, turns out he loves it and wants to stay.

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