A sparkly red box arrived in the mail.
Foo Man Chew grew excited as he wagged his long tail.
He hoped for a bone, just one, could it be?
They opened the box...and what did they see?
Join Abby and friends as they learn that surprises
Can come in all forms, all shapes, and all sizes.
Not getting what you wish for is no reason to lose hope,
And you just may have fun with a soap on a rope!
About the Author
Denise Barry is the author of the children's picture book, What Does the Tooth Fairy Do with Our Teeth-and the upcoming middle grade book Sweeney Mack and the Slurp and Burp Competition. She is also an inspirational writer whose work has been featured on various websites and in the best-selling book, Watch Her Thrive: Stories of Hope, Courage and Strength. Denise lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A shiny red box arrives in the mail complete with ribbons and bows. Abigail is so excited and hopes with all her heart that it is a toy. She quickly unwraps the box and finds to her disappointment some plain old soap...on a rope. Who could have sent her such a thing? Do they think that she stinks? What in the world is she supposed to do with soap? Her dog Foo Man Chew suspects it might be a bone or an ice cream cone and gives it a lick to find out. Yuk!! It tastes terrible and he considers taking off and finding a new home. Nolan, her brother, surprises Abby by giving her a "run" for her money according to the soap's magical ability. His imagination bubbles up and yes...he manages to turn her unexpected and unwanted gift into a celebration of pure joy. He runs with the soap up and down the grassy hill, and instructs Abby to add water from the hose. The suds start swelling up and make a sudsy outside bath, like a car wash with no car, and whaahoooo it's party time. A lovely diverse swarm of kids from all around the world hear their happy sounds as they are captured in the empty bubbles and then burst letting out the invitation to come join them. These kids, ready in their swim suits, flock to the hill to play and slide until sunset sends them home. This playful, happy book is written in rhyme and it inspires kids to look beyond what they see in the natural and create with their imaginations a world that can bring joy and laughter out of the ordinary things of life. Abby learns valuable lessons of being grateful and sharing her gift with others. I highly recommend this book.
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