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Let me make one thing perfectly clear! I'm a cat lover and it's rare for cat lovers to fall for "dog tales (tails)." Heck, cat lovers usually don't even pick up doggie books. But my previous experience with Kirby Larsen's Dash found me itching to read her new "Dogs of World War II" book, Liberty. I expressed my desire to read it on a Twitter feed and a few days later, an autographed ARC arrived in my mailbox from Kirby Larson! I started it on my trip to DC and finished it while I was there. Its next stop is my niece's 4th grade classroom in Oklahoma.
I can't talk about Liberty without introducing Wish by Barbara O'Connor, another book I read this month. As I read Liberty, I couldn't stop making connections to Wish. Both books have boy-girl friendships at the heart of the stories. In Wish, the friendship is between main character, Charlie (a girl) and Howard. In Liberty it's between main character, Fish, and Olympia, his next door neighbor. The boy in each story has a physical struggle that affects his walk. Howard's irregular gait is described by Charlie as an up-down walk while Fish's step-clomp walk is due to a bout with polio. Both main characters have an older sister. Both books are set in the south: Liberty in New Orleans during World War II and Wish in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. In both books, the main character tames a stray dog. And yes, even if you're a cat lover, you'll found yourself falling in love with Liberty and Wishbone!
I give you three books by well-known authors, three dogs to love, three doggone good books!