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Prince for a Princess
By (author): Eric Walters Illustrated by: David Parkins
9781459802001 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs North America Nov 01, 2012
$6.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.2 in 64 pages black and white illustrations Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
Prince is a big-hearted greyhound of love.

Seven-year-old Christina desperately wants a dog. When she visits a kennel with her parents, she comes home with Prince, a greyhound recently retired from his champion racing career. Christina is thrilled and spends all her time with her new pal. They are like two peas in a pod. But one day, when Prince is left alone in the backyard, he escapes. Christina's mother searches everywhere for him only to find him at the schoolyard gate waiting for Christina. Promising never to leave him alone in the backyard again, her father brings home a little Chihuahua named Chancho. Now Prince will always have a companion to play with.

Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

David Parkins has illustrated numerous children's books. He also does editorial illustrations, political cartoons, and strip cartoons. David lives in Lansdowne, Ontario.

"This simple but entirely engaging short chapter book for early readers is filled with child appeal. Frequent ink illustrations...provide just the right amount of visual information to keep the pages turning. Satisfying big-dog-meets-little-girl story." - Kirkus Reviews

"A heartwarming story about a girl and her new dog. Eric Walters writes a lighthearted, endearing tale of two parents and a child bringing home a retired racing Greyhound and making him part of their family. Detailed illustrations that help highlight the story's plot and emotion, as well as the inclusion of interesting facts about the breed of dog, add depth to a story that, in itself, is full of fun. For children learning to read chapter books, and particularly for those that enjoy reading about dogs, Prince for a Princess is definitely a good choice. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"The depiction of life with a beloved dog is endearing...and the short chapters (about three pages apiece) with accessible text provide a useful bridge between controlled vocabulary readers and longer chapter books as well as an effective readaloud opportunity. Each chapter sports a full-page monochromatic line and watercolor illustration, in a lively realistic style." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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