Before You Were Mine

Before You Were Mine


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Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts, David M. Walker

A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog before he adopted him from a shelter. Maybe he had a boy who loved him, but the family had to move and couldn't keep him. Maybe he belonged to someone who didn't appreciate how mischievous puppies can be. Maybe he was treated badly, and now he can be shown all the love he's been missing. This boy wonders about all of these things, but maybe they don't matter. Because now, his dog is home.

Winner of the Humane Society KIND Children's Picture Book Award and the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, this touching story celebrates all who support, care for, and adopt shelter dogs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399245268
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/20/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 286,322
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Maribeth Boelts and her family live in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Their second rescued dog, Dixie, lives happily with them.

David Walker lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Every dog he’s had has been rescued, but he’s always felt like the lucky one.

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Before You Were Mine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
missdeb74 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to read during a pet unit (I'm a school librarian). It is wonderful in showing empathy for animals. The main character voices all thoughts you have when you adopt a rescue pet. I couldn't believe how good it was! It made me cry (and all my teachers)!
chrsha More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful for any family with children. It helps children realize the great pleasures and self-gratification of adopting a shelter animal. It teaches compassion and love for other beings and the good deed of adopting from a shelter in an easy and sweet read that even the youngest children can understand. As a shelter volunteer and a mother, all children should have the opportunity to read and share this book with loved ones - even their dogs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! This sweet and warm 'tail' is a must for dog lovers of all ages, and the message is perfect--give a shelter dog a forever home, and you will have a friend for life!