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Truman the Dog
This title covers these subjects: Dogs -- Fiction., Pets -- Fiction., Dogs -- Care -- Fiction.
Truman the Dog
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Truman the Dog

T is for Truman, tricks, and TROUBLE! Truman the black lab might be an older rescue dog, but he's still got enough mischief beneath his collar to keep eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family on their toes from morning till night. Chewed through and through, the playfully illustrated, Kaita-narrated chapter book promises plenty of canine fun.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level520L
ATOS Level2.7
AR Points1
AR Quiz #503956
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandMy Furry Foster Family
Page Dimensions0" x 0"
Page Count72
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $23.99 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, CA

"There are many worthwhile elements—a responsible and helpful protagonist, a diverse and loving family, and the message that rescuing animals is worthwhile. . . .The endpages have discussion questions for readers, some drawing activities, a glossary, and a fun comparison of the real-life Kaita (who inspired the story) with the fictional Kaita. A sweet title that will appeal to young readers who love dogs." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2019

Kirkus Reviews

"The focus on fostering animals rather than adopting them brings the topics of caregiving and sacrifice to light. Demmer adds fun, full-color illustrations, bringing the lovable Truman to life. The characters are culturally diverse, and cultural customs are reflected in the illustrations. . . .An adorable first book in a new series for animal lovers." - Kirkus Reviews

June 1, 2019


Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Kaita’s experience helping a labrador named Truman feels true-to-life and might just inspire you to become a foster family for a pet, too." - Imagination Soup

December 1, 2019


Chicago Public Library

Best of the Best Books 2019

November 1, 2019

Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence writes books for children in her writing studio, The Word Nest. She is an animal lover with a degree in Zoology, and has worked at a pet store, the Humane Society, a raptor rehabilitation center, and a zoo. She is the author of two chapter-book series: Jasmine Toguchi (FSG) and Dorothy & Toto (Picture Window Books). A third-generation Japanese American and a native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, a rescue dog, a bunny, and two ducks. 

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