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Children's LiteratureThis touchingly poignant story comes across in a way that soothes the reader and leaves a lasting impression. Right away it is apparent that Abby and Opal, her dog, are waiting for the birth of Opal's puppies. The reader also learns that Opal was born, some years back, on the day Abby's grandmother Opal passed away. What seems to be just a slow waiting game changes quickly when Abby's Grandpa Jack gets hurt as he fixes a place for Opal's puppies to play. Abby's mom has to take Grandpa to the hospital, which leaves Abby alone to watch Opal. Abby tries to pass the time by reading and watching tv, but she keeps thinking of Grandpa and Opal. As it turns out, Opal goes into labor and Abby is the sole helper. At least she knows something about the process since her mom raises puppies. She leads Opal to a birthing place and comforts her by singing "He's got little bitty puppies in his hands." Abby hopes Opal will wait until Abby's mom comes home. Such is not the case. Abby is "filled with wonder" as she holds a new pup. When her mom gets home, Abby receives reassurance that she has done exactly the right thing. Abby glows with pride. Illustrations in this book are so perfect they come close to being photographs. Text and pictures combine to produce a winning book. 2004 (orig. 2003), Northern Lights Books for Children/Red Deer Press, Ages 4 to 8.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury