A Jean Little Classic
Ben isn't sure he wants to visit Aunt Rose while his parents and older brother are away. He doesn't like admitting it, but he's afraid of a lot of things—dogs, thunderstorms, new places, new people.
Aunt Rose turns out to be much nicer than Ben expected, but then she presents him with a birthday gift that terrifies him—a big Labrador retriever named Gully. How can Ben tell her he's afraid even to be in the same room with Gully? And how can he tell Hana, his new friend?
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Beloved and award-winning author Jean Little has garnered numerous accolades for her work. Born in Taiwan to Canadian doctors who were serving as missionaries, she was legally blind from birth. Little obtained a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to write 44 more works, including novels, picture books, poetry, short stories, and two autobiographical books. She has six honorary degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Little lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her family.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6 A sincere, charming story of a child overcoming fears. On his first stay away from home without his family, timid Ben faces many challenges: Aunt Rose, whom his brother said was mean; sleeping alone; the bossy girl next door; a thunderstorm; but most of alla big dog. His aunt had planned Gully as a surprise and later for a birthday present, but Ben is terrified of the dog until a thunderstorm brings them quivering together under the same bed. During that weekend, Ben proves that he can be brave when he and Hana become trapped in the attic until Gully brings his aunt to their rescue. The simple plot is realistically portrayed with genuine children's emotions and reactions. The message that everyone has dragons to fight is evident as a natural element of Ben's dilemma, with the expected resolution of boy and dog becoming friends. Julie Cummins, Monroe County Lib . System, Rochester, N.Y.
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Book Description Puffin, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140319980
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