A Home for Dixie: The True Story of a Rescued Puppy

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For as long as she could remember, Emma had wanted a dog. Instead, she got a fish, a hamster, and even a guinea pig. And although Emma loved all these pets, it was not the same as having a dog.

Meanwhile, an abandoned puppy was brought to an animal rescue. And although this little puppy had a warm place to sleep and food to eat, she dreamed of having her very own family to love.

Happily for both, Emma adopts this puppy and names her Dixie, and ...

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Overview

For as long as she could remember, Emma had wanted a dog. Instead, she got a fish, a hamster, and even a guinea pig. And although Emma loved all these pets, it was not the same as having a dog.

Meanwhile, an abandoned puppy was brought to an animal rescue. And although this little puppy had a warm place to sleep and food to eat, she dreamed of having her very own family to love.

Happily for both, Emma adopts this puppy and names her Dixie, and in each other they find the companionship they've been looking for. A Home for Dixie is their uplifting story, enhanced by adorable photography and bonus information on how to support your local animal shelter—and even adopt a rescued dog of your own.

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In this entertaining, instructive picture book, New Jersey high school student Emma Jackson tells the true story of how she came to adopt and bond with Dixie, the adorable pup on the book's cover. Emma's winning narrative and her kid-friendly info on supporting your local animal shelter make this book a nice fit for pet lovers, especially families thinking about rescuing a dog.
Children's Literature - Julie Lodermeier
Emma has always wanted a dog. She got a fish, hamster, and even a guinea pig but nothing has stopped her desire to get a dog. When her parents finally said yes, she expects to go to a pet store. Instead they do some research on a place called Aunt Mary's Doghouse. After some careful consideration, Emma brings home a puppy named Dixie. Dixie loves her new home. It is like a palace. She especially likes the three comfy laps to sit on. Jackson tells an important story about making careful choices when buying a pet and the benefits of adopting. The photographs tell the true story in a caring way by focusing on sad puppy dog eyes. The pictures tell what the text does not. The reader knows Emma takes Dixie on walks while the text simply states that Emma takes care of Dixie. There are additional details about how to choose a pet and information about Aunt Mary's Doghouse. Reviewer: Julie Lodermeier
School Library Journal

K-Gr 5- In this photo-essay, the author, a high school student, chronicles her quest for a puppy, her family's decision to adopt one, and their trip to Aunt Mary's Doghouse-a nonprofit rescue agency-to find the right animal. The somewhat awkward text describes the excitement of meeting Dixie, the rough first night in her new home, going for walks, and cuddling on the sofa. The narrative points out that decisions about getting a pet should be carefully made, briefly mentions caretaking responsibilities, and highlights the plight of abandoned dogs. The book's strengths are the large, full-color, often full-page photos of the appealing pup and her new owner. The Web sites recommended for potential pet owners are regularly updated. Additional, where needed.-Colleen D. Bocka, Nathaniel Rochester Community School, Rochester, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061449628
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 992,937
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Jackson, a student at Northern Highlands Regional High School, is also a black belt in karate. She lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, with her mom, her dad, and the most recent addition to the family—her dog, Dixie.

Bob Carey is a New York-based photographer who specializes in conceptual and environmental portraiture. In addition to gallery shows, he has contributed to publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine; Essence magazine; diane magazine; and Men's Health, as well as ad campaigns for Lexus and MasterCard. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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