Patricia A. McMillan draws on her extensive experience as first grade teacher, story writer and dachshund-owner to write this Easter bunny tale. The character of Shorty Longfellow was created in order to help young children deal with name-calling and teasing. This little dog's positive self-image is something the author wants those children to copy-cat.
Shorty Longfellow's Easter Surprise!by Patricia McMillan
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Shorty Longfellow, low-slung dog with high self-esteem, returns to his favorite park on Easter Sunday morning, where he meets up with Speckles, his dachshund friend. Whereas Shorty Longfellow is brown in color and truly looks like a hot dog, Speckles is unsure of his appearance. He is a long-haired dachshund with spotted, white fluffy fur and long floppy ears, and is not happy when he is called "bunny." During the Easter Egg Hunt, the two friends meet a little girl named Ellie and a mother duck who are each having a bad day. With the help of Shorty Longfellow, Speckles brings about an Easter surprise and learns to like himself just as he is. Reading Level 2.7
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