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Puppies on Board
By author: Sarah N. Harvey   Illustrated by: Rose Cowles
Selling Points: "Puppies, belonging, living on a boat"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $17.95
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"At first Mollie could count only four or five, but as Sheba cleaned each one, Mollie counted six, then seven, then eight, nine and finally TEN wriggling, noisy, hungry puppies.
Then Mollie noticed something else—a tiny scrap of scraggly black fur tucked into the far corner of the pen."


When eleven puppies are born on Mollie's family's boat, chaos ensues. Mollie's mother wonders what to do, but Mollie has an idea. She will host a tea party in order to find homes for Charlotte, Heidi, Stuart, Margalo, Max, Pippi, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger. But Wilbur…Wilbur is special. Not just any home will do for him.
A Patchwork of Books blog - October 11, 2008
"The story is cute...and the illustrations go nicely with the story. Any child that loves dogs will loves this one!"
Resource Links - January 1, 2006
"A super fun story for kids and animal lovers alike."
The United Church Observer - December 1, 2005
"Entertaining and fun for all ages. Author Harvey and illustrator Cowles clearly know what puppies get up to given the chance."
The Globe and Mail - November 19, 2005
"Delightful chaos."
Quill & Quire - November 1, 2005
"Young readers will relish the madcap atmosphere but will also be satisfied with the harmonious conclusion." "Can be enjoyed as an independent read or on a one-on-one basis."
CM Magazine - September 2, 2005
"Harvey's cast of delightfully eccentric human characters, as different from one another as are the puppies, is brought to life with verve and humour by Cowles." "Adult readers will enjoy sharing this tale of a plethora of puppies with young listeners." "Highly Recommended."

Awards

Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Books, commended  CA  2007
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006
Chocolate Lily, winner  CA  2007

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