- Age Range: 3 – 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (March 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553521349
- ISBN-13: 978-0553521344
EXCERPT from penguingrandomhouse.com:
Here is a heartwarming and completely accessible story about adoption, diversity, and acceptance. Told from the point of view of a puppy who is adopted by a cat, this gentle and reassuring tale is perfect for very young readers and listeners.
When the puppy comes to live with his new mom, he is nervous. After all, his mom has stripes and he doesn’t. But his mom says she likes that they look different, and soon the puppy likes it, too. (And who cares what anyone else thinks!)
The puppy’s new mom does all the things other parents do. She plays with him, takes care of him, and sometimes even makes him mad! But that’s okay, because when he’s feeling sad, she knows just what to say.
Rationale for Inclusion: Families come in many shapes and sizes. Children’s collections must be a haven for every type of family, and include materials that reflect the varied and diverse family structures that comprise the real world. Too often, children’s picture books are held to the standard of “Dick and Jane” type family representation, but there are very few families in America that have ever fit that standard. The more we allow children to see their own unique families reflected back to them through literature, the better off their self-esteem and sense of belonging will be. Galindo’s book does a great job at dissecting some of the key concerns or questions a child may ask who is adopted–why don’t I look like you, mom? The puppy attempts to paint stripes on its body to reflect his new mama cat’s fur, but mama cat reassures puppy that family and togetherness are not about appearances, but in actions and in love. It’s difficult starting a new life, but it gets easier every day, as this sweet tale suggests.
My New Mom and Me read aloud by Murray Library: