"In a lovely double-page spread, the animal and Maria, fan in hand, show off their graceful moves… Memories of another famous bull, Ferdinand, come to mind as beauty bests fighting." - Kirkus Reviews
"A tenacious and inspirational young protagonist...Readers will root for Maria and feel inspired to think of creative ways to tackle everyday obstacles in their lives. An awesome read-aloud choice." - School Library Journal
"…An object lesson in both thinking outside the box and in relying on determination over brute strength...Repeated, rhythmic phrasing and emphasis augmented by creative typography give the story about a girl who feels free to change the rules some readaloud punch." - Publishers Weekly
"A beautiful story about courage and kindness that would be perfect alongside Munro Leaf's classic The Story of Ferdinand." - Booklist
"…The delicacy with which bull and matador stretch, arc, and vogue through their performance will set picture-book viewers swaying in their seats. Pass around the capes, and ¡Baila!" - BCCB
As one girl walks home from school, she loves nothing more than to look at all the people and dogs she passes on the way. There are small people with tall dogs, people and dogs who share ice cream, and even pairs with matching mustachios. Some people are just like their dogs and some are very different, but no matter what, it’s clear that they’re the best of friends. When the girl finally makes it home, she has her own best friend waiting for her – and readers are in for a delightful surprise.
Amusing observations and charming illustrations highlight a parade of colorful characters in this celebration of man’s best friend. This showcase of delightful dogs and their people is perfect for every animal lover.
Liam loved his father’s stories of life at sea. But one day, his father’s ship doesn’t return, and Liam’s love of stories fades. Then the Traveler, a mysterious old man who spins stories with a magical beard like a tapestry, arrives, reminding Liam of his father. They embark on the Traveler’s final voyage together, and before the journey ends, the Traveler passes on his magical gift to Liam.
Woven with themes of loss, discovery, and friendship, this poignant tale captures the unexpected magic of shared stories and refound hope.