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. Volume XXI Number 21. . . .February 6, 2015
Sophie and her best friend, Stanley, like to play in each other’s yards, but once Stanley gets a big dog named Misty, Sophie is afraid to go to his house. When Stanley hurts his arm and has to miss school, Sophie volunteers to bring him a get-well card made by her class. But Sophie isn’t sure she’s brave enough to pass Misty and reach Stanley’s front door.
Christine Dencer’s chapter book Misty is designed to show readers how friends can help each other tackle challenges too big to be handled alone. Sophie is afraid of her best friend Stanley’s dog. When she has to deliver a card to Stanley, she doesn’t know how to approach the big dog who jumps and barks. From his window, Stanley calls out instructions to Sophie, telling her how to address Misty and what commands to say to make the dog sit and stay still. Sophie does what her friend tells her and successfully passes Misty to bring Stanley his card.
This short chapter book provides a well-rounded depiction of a fairly common fear. Some readers will share Sophie’s fright of the big dog while others may relate more to Stanley who loves Misty and does not quite understand why Sophie is afraid. Having different reactions from the two main characters helps readers to see Sophie’s situation from multiple points of view. When Misty jumps and barks, for instance, Sophie is frightened, but Stanley only thinks Misty wants to play. Highlighting both interpretations allows readers to see that there are two sides to the story, even when it comes to ideas that some may find scary.
Meredith Cleversey is a librarian in Cambridge, ON. She loves to read, write, and live in a world of pure imagination.
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