In Abby's Hands

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As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

Abby and her yellow lab, Opal, love to inhabit their own small world beneath the lace tablecloth that Abby's grandmother crocheted. As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

When Grandpa Jack must go to the hospital with Abby's mother because he's hurt his leg, Abby is left to look ...

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Overview

As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

Abby and her yellow lab, Opal, love to inhabit their own small world beneath the lace tablecloth that Abby's grandmother crocheted. As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

When Grandpa Jack must go to the hospital with Abby's mother because he's hurt his leg, Abby is left to look after Opal. When the dog goes into labor, Abby must find the courage to help. There is simply no other choice.

In Abby's Hands is a gentle story about the resourcefulness of a young girl who believes she is incapable, but who discovers her own grace when the moment demands it.

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This 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
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Gr 1-4-Abby loves to sit with her pregnant golden Labrador retriever under the table covered with her grandmother's lacy crocheted cloth. The dog was born on the day that Gran Opal died and is named for her. Abby feels inadequate as she compares herself to her competent grandmother, who delivered babies, and to her mother, who delivers puppies at the kennel. When Grandpa Jack has an accident, Abby's mother takes him to the hospital, and the girl is alone when Opal goes into labor. She summons her courage and assists in the birth of the first pup. Soon her family returns, and Abby helps her mother deliver the rest of the litter, garnering praise and feeling a new burst of confidence. This lovely story is accompanied by soft, realistic images in warm and vivid colors. The illustrations are a combination of painting and digital photography. The interior scenes are luminous and intimate, but the exterior ones are problematic. They have a surreal quality as the figures, which are in sharp focus, appear to be floating in a sparse landscape. Still, this is an excellent story about the comfort that a pet brings and overcoming one's fears.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952829
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis has been a tutor, retail store owner, marketing represenative, public relations consultant, and most recently, a writer. She studied literature at the University of Toronto.

Marilyn Mets has been working in Toronto as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer for over 25 years. She has illustrated and collaborated on numerous children's books, winning many awards and nominations including being nominated for the Amelia Frances Gibbons Award for Illustration in 1998 for Cameron and Me.

Peter Ledwon has worked as a commercial photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and art director for the past 15 years. He gained formal training in photography at Ryerson University. In addition, he holds science degrees in physiology and biochemistry from U.B.C. Peter also writes for both magazines and newsletters targeted at the adult market.

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