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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
     

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

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by Janet Hill
 

Miss Wilhelmina Moon is a dog governess. At her first placement, on a small island off the coast of France, her new charges - sixty-seven dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors - run wild. But armed with patience and a passion for teaching, as well as her companions, Mitford the monkey and Petunia the French bulldog, Miss Moon soon imparts twenty important lessons to

Overview

Miss Wilhelmina Moon is a dog governess. At her first placement, on a small island off the coast of France, her new charges - sixty-seven dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors - run wild. But armed with patience and a passion for teaching, as well as her companions, Mitford the monkey and Petunia the French bulldog, Miss Moon soon imparts twenty important lessons to her furry brood. Some are practical, some are playful, one or two are a little unusual, but all are necessary for the raising of happy, healthy and well-mannered dogs (and humans).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess:

"Enchanting for dog lovers." --Kirkus Reviews

"This light-hearted book is absolutely delightful and ideal for spurring conversations with young children about little lessons in life as well as the enjoyment that comes with balance." --CM Magazine

"The prim and proper Miss Moon has learned valuable lessons over the course of her employment, which are here shared alongside ornate oil paintings with a luxuriousness usually reserved for, well, cat people." --National Post

"[T]here is playfulness, joy, and energy in the paintings that maket his pseudo-how-to book extremely accessible. This one of those ‘pore-over’ books; children will just stare and stare at all the luscious detail." --Quill and Quire

“This deserves a spot on your child’s bookshelf for the gorgeous illustrations alone.” --Dogster.com

"Young dog lovers will delight to the unforgettable artwork, which blends the light fantastic with wholesome advice such as 'A good book will chase away the dark.' Highly recommended."
--Midwest Book Review

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
“Charming” is the perfect descriptor for this book that imagines a Mary Poppins caregiver for a pack of near-perfect canines. The fetching Miss Moon caters to a canine clientele and also owns Petunia, a French bulldog, and Milford, a monkey. Her lessons for dogs are barely disguised lessons for humans. Each lesson has an ivy-framed two-page spread of its own with the verso showing a pristine Miss Moon educating her four-legged charges on behavior and providing some ideals to live by. Along with very brief sentences like “always remember your manners” (it is up to the adult reader to explain what those manners might entail), there are small inspirational ideas, such as “Make-believe is food for the soul.” Some of the lofty phrases sound as though they have been lifted from the Sherman Brothers’ lyrics (“With a splash of imagination, anything can be fun”), and there are no practical applications for dog owners. An idea, like “Don’t bark at the delivery guy,” might be a nice addition. However, suggesting real world behaviors might be an activity for young readers if you can tear them away from counting and identifying the dogs on the opposite page. The illustrations are a selling point, with dogs in every possible human setting from backyard birthday party to dining on a mouth-watering Crown roast. However, if your child is the owner of a mixed breed pup, they may be disappointed that their dog is not included in the illustrations, as the dogs depicted are all purebred. The final “class picture” of seventy “students” is accompanied by pet names that might suggest names for a future pet. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 3 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-11-25
Twenty succinct bits of advice for living are accompanied by whimsical oil paintings of an English governess and her canine charges. The book begins with a tongue-in-cheek introduction, advising readers that Miss Wilhelmina Moon, dog governess, is sharing her "most important lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-mannered pooches—and people." This is followed by 20 attractively laid-out double-page spreads. Most of them feature a one-sentence "lesson" on the verso, framed with wallpaperlike borders, and a humorous painting on the recto; two print the "lesson" on a doily placed over an illustration that stretches entirely across the two pages. A wide variety of dog breeds are accurately portrayed in a post-impressionist style—except for the anthropomorphic details that cannot help but charm viewers. (All the dogs in "Never stop learning" wear glasses, and two carry pens in their mouths.) And what a talent Hill has for that mea culpa doggy look! The fair, red-haired governess—impeccable in her long, white-collared dress—always appears kind, unflappable, and dignified. There is no human diversity here, as Miss Moon is the only person, but her equal poise at roadster-driving and archery along with more-traditional feminine activities provides a strong role model. The "lessons" range from timeworn adages to redundant phrases, but (speaking of timeworn phrases) every picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Enchanting for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101917930
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
01/12/2016
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
241,756
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Hill's work is both elegant, yet whimsical, often with an underlying narrative that instantly captures the imagination. Her painting style evokes a sense of nostalgia, mystery, humor and comfort. Her work is displayed in private collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Some of Janet's corporate clients include Tiffany & Co., Hallmark UK and Harper Collins. Her work has also been featured in Uppercase Magazine, Matchbook Magazine, Design Sponge, This Is Glamorous, The Neo-Traditionalist and Oh Joy! Janet lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she paints in a small in-house studio and lives with her husband, John, an independent bookseller, and their cat and dog. The author lives in Stratford, Ontario.

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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for children and adults. I love her art work and the book is sweet and fun.