Book talk: Lily loves life in her small town and she's looking forward to summer and the annual Blueberry Queen Pageant. Then her blind dog slips away and runs off into the blueberry field. Salma, the daughter of one of the migrant workers, sacrifices her lunch to lure the dog back to safety. It's the beginning of a new friendship that will change both their lives. But will their friendship survive when they both enter the Pageant?
Rave: This sweet story of friendship is everything I've come to expect from Cynthia Lord. It's touching without being overly saccharine. It teaches lessons without being preachy. It's filled with a gentle humor and well-drawn characters. It's perfect for summer reading, and who can resist a book with a dog on the cover?
Every book its reader: I'd give this to students 3rd & up looking for a sweet tale of friendship.
Topics & Trends: Friendship, #weneeddiversebooks, migrant workers, Maine, dogs, pageants
Here's an interview with the author about the book:
And here's a picture of an adorable panda enjoying the book:
(from The Nerdy Panda blog-- Check it out!)
Source: school library
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord: buy it or check it out today!