K-Gr 2-Another winner from Wells. This lovely story about a child and her puppy is a universal one that will hold readers spellbound. On Lucy's first night at their house, Mary Elizabeth cleverly skirts the promise she made to her mother not to take her new pet into bed-she crawls into the cage with the tiny terrier instead. Lucy, pink-tongued and fluffy white, falls asleep on her mistress's pillow. In the next episode, readers see Lucy and Mary Elizabeth looking at the girl's ``brand-new leather-laced moccasins'' with abject misery. Lucy has made a meal of the laces and now the child has to wear old shoes to school. In the last scene, which takes place six months later, the mother relents and lets the pup spend the night in Mary Elizabeth's bed. Graham's marvelous illustrations contribute to the overall warmth of the text. Done in oil, they have the feeling of soft, chalk drawings. Lucy is definitely the dog of choice. A delightful addition to any collection.-Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL
Gentle and funny, this picture book in simple chapters tells how a small girl and her parents make her new, tiny puppy, Lucy, feel at home. Mary Elizabeth's first-person narrative expresses the physicalness, the intimacy, of having a pet: "She was warm but she shivered at the noise in the streets and the hum of the car. On top of my legs her feet were as light as cloud feet." To make the Westy puppy feel comfortable, Mary Elizabeth's father drops down on the carpet and lets Lucy nibble his ears and kiss his face all over. This isn't a rambunctious puppy: Lucy does get into all kinds of mischief, but even when she chews through a ballpoint pen and makes her beard and feet blue, she's "too tired to scold." Loving Lucy means nurturing her, imagining what she needs (liver-flavored ice cream turns out to be the best remedy when she's ill). Soft-textured, double-page-spread oil paintings in delicate shades of blue and brown show the tender feeling between the child, her parents, and the newcomer that becomes part of their comfortable home. The girl is dreamy, but she's also quietly determined: from the beginning, she wants her pet to sleep with her, and she works on her mother, until finally "Lucy had her own pillow next to mine."