A wordless picture book about what we lose, what we find, and what we give back.
Jenn’s beloved dog was lost sometime ago. Long enough that she has given up the search. But she still misses her friend. One day she finds a lost dog. She takes him in and despite a rocky start, she grows to love him. Until she spots his picture on a missing poster. His name is Roscoe, and he’s someone else’s best friend. Jenn knows she should return Roscoe, but she really doesn’t want to. Will Jenn do the right thing? Or will she keep this new dog she’s grown to love so much?
In this wordless tale about a child who learns to love a new dog, a girl gazes out her apartment window on a rainy day and spots something below. A page turn reveals what she sees: a puppy wading miserably through a puddle. As the girl brings it inside, she pauses to gaze at a bedside photo that shows her hugging another dog; a "Missing" poster on her bulletin board reveals that dog's destiny. Despite a tough moment when the new hound takes up her lost dog's red ball, she shares an existing dog bed and food dish with the newcomer only to find, on a trip to the pet shop, that this pup is "Missing," too. The girl not only allows herself to love but also understands that her love isn't as important as what this pup needs most. The pair's all-too-brief idyll is gently and memorably drawn, and the girl's independence in a big city there are no parents in sight allows focus on her interior journey and genuinely noble decision. Ages 4 8.