Nico and Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog

Overview

"How will I be so kind?"

Nico must search his heart to find ways to be so kind while taking care of an adorable dog named Lola.

Tender messages and captivating photographs are woven together in this heartwarming tale that reminds each of us we can be just a little bit kinder in everything we do.

A book for every child to read, share, and remember!

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Overview

"How will I be so kind?"

Nico must search his heart to find ways to be so kind while taking care of an adorable dog named Lola.

Tender messages and captivating photographs are woven together in this heartwarming tale that reminds each of us we can be just a little bit kinder in everything we do.

A book for every child to read, share, and remember!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Nico's Aunt Sue was going away for the weekend and needed a favor. Her little girl, Lola, needed a special person to take care her while she was away. Would Nico be willing to take care of Lola while she was away? Nico was more than happy to watch over Lola over the weekend. Lola was a little black pug, and he knew she would need time to get to know him first. She first sniffed his hand and soon they were on their way to the backyard for fun and games. Nico made sure Lola had plenty of cool water when she got thirsty. When friends came over to play with Lola, Nico was careful to show them how to be careful with Lola. All too soon Nico's time with Lola would be over and Aunt Sue would be there shortly. Nico wondered if he would ever see Lola again. There are several lessons to be learned in this sweet picture book: the value of kindness, to remembering manners, taking turns, helping others in needs, and more. This book is not just a story of a boy caring for a dog over the weekend. Ms. Hill successfully crafted a picture book that teaches life skills to beginning readers using engaging photographs of a friendly pug named Lola. Ms. Graunke's photographs are perfect for this story and will draw the young readers in. The cover photograph is the perfect foreshadowing of the context of this picture book. Nico & Lola is an excellent addition to a home, public, or school library. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Nico's aunt asks her nephew if he would be so kind as to watch her pug, Lola, while she's away. Excited, Nico agrees, but later begins to wonder, "How will I be so kind?" So begins a pleasant story about sharing everyday kindnesses. This book has a wealth of meaningful messages like, "being kind is showing concern for others." Each message is illustrated by the actions of either Nico or Lola as they spend their time together doing doggy and boy activities. Each new page shows the duo participating in excellent behaviors: cleaning, helping one another, sharing, exercising, and getting along with others. The rural, verdant setting adds to the appeal of this story. The photos suffer from some poor composition and digital editing, but the adorable nature of the subjects more than makes up for this. A good choice for teaching core values, this book will have wide appeal for young audiences.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990434
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 951,704
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Meggan Hill and Susan M. Graunke grew up surrounded by animals. Meggan remembers daily rides on her pony, Popsicle, with her dear dog, Woofer, following. Susan will never forget sharing picnic lunches with her horse, Lady Noney, and Bumper, her pet cow. Caring for creatures shaped who Meggan and Susan became. This is their first book.

Nico and Lola still enjoy time together playing tag, sharing special snacks, and taking naps on their favorite blanket. They continue to be the very best kind of friends.

Meggan Hill and Susan M. Graunke grew up surrounded by animals. Meggan remembers daily rides on her pony, Popsicle, with her dear dog, Woofer, following. Susan will never forget sharing picnic lunches with her horse, Lady Noney, and Bumper, her pet cow. Caring for creatures shaped who Meggan and Susan became. This is their first book.

Nico and Lola still enjoy time together playing tag, sharing special snacks, and taking naps on their favorite blanket. They continue to be the very best kind of friends.

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