Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Third grade book club will begin next Monday at 7:30 in the library to finish a book that I started reading this week during classroom story times.  The name of the title is How to Steal a Dog. 

Before I started reading this book, I asked my students if it was ever ok to steal.  The kids unanimously answered that it wasn't.  However, after reading a couple of chapters and asking the same question, the students weren't quite so sure.  This is a great book to teach about the concept of empathy and that making the right choices aren't always easy.  Sometimes answers aren't as simple as they seem. 

Half of me was thinking, Georgina, don’t do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong. The other half of me was thinking, Georgina, you’re in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out of it.

Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.

With unmistakable sympathy, Barbara O’Connor tells the story of a young girl struggling to see what’s right when everything else seems wrong.  (review taken from

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