Last night I read three books to my son at bed time. One was tongue-twister about a famous hat-wearing cat. Another had drawings of cookies in it (among other things). And the third was a charming true story about an adopted dog.
JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live In Our House Diane Rose-Solomon is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award. The book is the first in a series and is aimed at children ages 5-9, although my 3-year-old loved having it read to him. He particularly liked the page where JJ and Maya meet because he says “JJ looks happy.”
The story is told from the perspective of Maya, a six-year-old girl. Maya has a cat but has also wanted a dog for as long as she can remember. Her parents finally acquiesce and they promise to get her a dog. Coincidentally, Maya’s uncle finds a homeless puppy. Maya’s wary parents agree to look after the dog while Maya’s uncle tries to find the dog’s owner. Given the title, I’m sure you can figure out the rest of the story.
JJ The American StreetDog lightly touches upon the important issues of animal homelessness, compassionate animal care, spaying and neutering, and of course the adoption of rescued animals. In our family, we particularly enjoy stories about all kinds of adoption! While there’s nothing about the book that is specific to veganism, it’s a great place to begin (or continue) a vegan discussion with young children.
Note: the author received a free review copy of this book.