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Truman the Dog

(My Furry Foster Family #1)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Picture Window Books
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La Coccinelle
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley, arc
This is a nice early chapter book for kids about a girl and her family who foster a dog named Truman. It's well written and has an interesting premise. I think my main complaint is that it seems very young. The main character is eight, which I suppose gives you an idea of the book's audience, but even so, I thought the story was a little simplistic. Compared to, say, Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series of chapter books, this one wasn't really challenging (the glossary of unfamiliar words in the ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truman the Dog is the first in The My Furry Foster Family series, where a young girl named Kaita and her family foster a dog named Truman. This is a nice early chapter book for those who like animals. Truman is a black Labrador who needs a new home. The Happy Tails Rescue have asked Kaita’s family to foster him while a new home is found. It is not easy to find new homes for older animals. He is shy at first, but Kaita and Ollie The dachshund are able to bring him out of his shell and make him ...more
Lel Budge
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley


Truman the Dog is the first in The My Furry Foster Family series of young reader books,

Truman is a black Labrador who needs a new home. The Happy Tails Rescue have asked Kaita’s family to foster him while a new home is found.

He is shy at first, but Kaita and Ollie The dachshund son make him feel at home. After a few little escapades, where Truman found trouble, he settles down and Kaita learns all his little foibles so they can find a perfect family for Truman. This is an absolutely charming
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Dita
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming story with great illustrations!!

This is a wonderful book about fostering a dog. Kaita and her family are lovable and relatable. This one is particularly relatable for families in the fostering process but would be awesome for anyone!

I recommend highly, this book is delightful for people of all ages.

Thank you to Debbi Michiko Florence, Capstone Picture Window Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Laurie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: K-3

Have you ever had a foster pet? Did things go well with your foster pet or not so good? When Kaita and her family foster an older Labrador mix, things don't go quite the way Kaita pictures in her mind. Kaita and her parents are very familiar with Happy Tails Rescue. This is where they got their Dachshund dog, Ollie, a year ago. Truman was not very happy when he first was put into the Takano house but after a little time he settles in... maybe a little too much. As Truman gets
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Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
I absolutely loved this little chapter book! It's the perfect story to introduce kids to the idea of fostering pets that are looking for their forever families. Kaita and her family already have a dog that they rescued, but they decide to open their hearts and homes to Truman, a black lab who needs a new home. Truman is past the cute puppy stage, but still has a lot of the destructive puppy behaviors. Kaita's family helps him get over some of his shyness and bad behaviors.

The story does discuss
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Lana
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new addition to the series My Furry Foster Family. Designed for children 5-7 years old it’s great little beginner chapter book about fostering a dog named Truman. 8 year old Kaita has her hands full with Truman as he gets into lots of trouble at her house.
I enjoyed reading this younger reader and think children at the right reading level will enjoy it also. I appreciate the series and would like to introduce my 8 year old to it. He would love to read about being a foster family
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Jolene
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute book about fostering dogs. I have fostered dogs in the past. I love that this is for younger kids. I believe that the younger we can teach children to be kind to animals, the better this world will be.It was very accurate describing the different feelings fostering a dog and watching it go to their forever home feels like. Also, the book protrayed accurately how the dog reacts to a new environment. I discovered at the end of the book that there are books in this series. I look ...more
Etienne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5/5. A very simple and light story for young children. The story in itself is okay without being very original or entertaining. What I like about it was the information and the realistic aspect of being a foster home for pets. It’s well presented, explained and can also makes kids think about all the positive and negative things that an animal can bring into a home/family.
Tree
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you like little chapter books! If you do, this book is good for you! It's called My Furry Foster Family. It's about a family that fosters animals. An animal foster family is a family that has a pet until it finds a forever home. It's always sad when they leave but it's happy that they find a forever home!
Kim Childress
Series: MY FURRY FOSTER FAMILY
TRUMAN THE DOG, Book 1 in the My Furry Foster Family Series, by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer
Age: 5-7; Grade Level: Kindergarten-2, Picture Window Books (Capstone), Aug. 1, 2019, ISBN-13: 978-1515844754 Softcover
Genre: Pet Books, Children’s Orphans & Foster Homes, Bookselling, Bookstores, Veterinarian Career, Animal and Pet Care, Friends and Family, STEM

The Takano’s family’s first rescue pet is a dog Kaita name’s Truman—for tricks and
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Debbie Smith
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Dad comes home with a surprise, he immediately captures 8-year-old Kaita's attention. The Takano family doesn't have to wait long for their new surprise and guest. They're going to be a foster family. Truman, a black Lab, is an older pet that acts pretty shy for the first little bit after arriving. However, it doesn't take long for him to feel comfortable with Ollie, the families dachshund, and the family. Comfortable enough to exhibit some pent up energy and excitement. Oops! The family ...more
Psusan
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delight it was to find and read Truman the Dog by Debbi Michiko Florence. Neither I nor any of my grandchildren had read any of the books in this series. However, we do have the others which include different animals on our-to-be read list.

Of the three of us who read the book together, we all gave it 5 stars but for different reasons. The rising third grader liked that he could read it himself. Plus he liked that there were plenty of interesting colorful illustrations. His first word in
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Jane Hunt
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are lots of good things about this children's story aimed at the five to seven age group. The story is well-paced, easy to understand and written in a fun, upbeat way. The illustrations are colourful and lovely, and they complement the text perfectly.

This book features the Takano family and their experiences, as they foster older rescue dog Truman. Told from Kaita, the daughter's point of view, this story contains accurate descriptions of fostering a large dog both good and not so good,
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Bridget
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely, sweet story-book for children about a girl and her family who foster a dog named Truman.

Eight-year-old Kaita’s family decide to start fostering dogs. As they try to teach Truman manners and doggy social skills, Kaita encounters a problem - she becomes attached to this new pet. Will they be able to keep him in the end?

An early chapter book with oodles of character, it’s a marvellous introduction to the temporary nature of fostering. Themes of responsibility and family are
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Vonda
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story about a young girl, Kaita, and her parents as they begin to care for foster pets until the pets can be paired with their new forever family. I enjoyed the warmth and cooperation between the three family members to care for their pets.

The antics of the foster dog, Truman, provided funny content for the illustrations. Kids will love the illustration of him in the kitchen with the garbage strewn about.

The author did share a lesson or two through the main character, Kaita. She
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Ren HappilyBuriedInBooks
4+ stars: Debbi Michiko Florence’s Truman the Dog is a thoroughly enjoyable short/beginning chapter book interspersed with adorable illustrations by Melanie Demmer. In the book, a family with one very well-behaved dog named Ollie temporarily adds a second older, more mischievous dog to the mix. Kaita and her family begin fostering a dog named Truman.

Chewing on a backpack, refusing to willingly enter a bathtub, and rolling around in garbage after knocking over the bin are a few of instances in
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Jessica Bindscheattel
This book is part of the Furry Foster Family Series by Debbi Michiko Florence and Illustrations by Melanie Demmerand is about a family who fosters a Dog named Truman, but not everything goes as planned while Truman is there.

I read this book with my sons during our Homeschool session today, and we all loved it! The Story itself was very heartwarming and I believe it will win the hearts of those kids who truly love animals. I love that it teaches you about fostering animals and helping out in any
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Ioanna
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kaita and her family are fostering animals until they find their forever home. So, when Truman, the half-breed lab comes in their home, Kaita instantly loves him! The little doggy gets into trouble in the most adorable ways, and the family adores him. But when the time finally comes for Truman to go to his forever family, Kaita finds it hard to separate from him. Can she find the courage to let
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Storywraps
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truman, a spunky back lab, needs foster care before he finds his forever home. The Takano family has volunteered to have him come and stay with them indefinitely until a home can be found.

He is full of mischief and keeps the family on alert each and every day. Eight-year-old Kaita gets very attached to him even though he is a little rascal. Will he find a family who wants to adopt him and keep him always? Will Kaita be able to let him go knowing his stay with her family was only temporary?

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Andrea Doyon
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Literacy Specialist for kids 8 and 9, I'm on a constant hunt for quality early chapter books. Ones that include engaging content and stories that are relevant to this age group. Debbi Michiko Florence's series is just that.

Kaita is an eight year old girl whose family decides to begin fostering dogs in their home. As they work to teach Truman manners and social skills, Kaita encounters a common problem with fostering - she becomes attached to this new pet. Will they be able to keep him in
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Jessica Bindscheattel
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This book is part of the Furry Foster Family Series by Debbi Michiko Florence and Illustrations by Melanie Demmer and is about a family who fosters a Dog named Truman, but not everything goes as planned while Truman is there.

I read this book with my sons during our Homeschool session today, and we all loved it! The Story itself was very heartwarming and I believe it will win the hearts of those kids who truly love animals. I love that it teaches you about fostering animals and helping out in any
...more
Laurie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interest Level: K-3

Have you ever had a foster pet? Did things go well with your foster pet or not so good? When Kaita and her family foster an older Labrador mix, things don't go quite the way Kaita pictures in her mind. Kaita and her parents are very familiar with Happy Tails Rescue. This is where they got their Dachshund dog, Ollie, a year ago. Truman was not very happy when he first was put into the Takano house but after a little time he settles in... maybe a little too much. As Truman gets
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joyce w. laudon
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truman the Dog is a beginning chapter book that is sure to engage new readers who love dogs. With short chapters, appealing illustrations (some seemingly by the narrator), and action it is sure to appeal. See what happens when Truman enters a foster family and reacts. Watch him with his foster family and the family dog as they interact.

Young readers will enjoy the refrain, "Oh Truman, you found trouble." Along with Kaita, young readers will wonder about where Truman will next live.

Your heart
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Sara Magnafichi
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earlyreader
Thank you to Picture Window Books for providing #collabookation with a copy to read and share!
I loved this #ownvoices book and I truly think that kids will, as well. It is super cute and great for any child at the early reader stage, who wants to start reading chapter books. Kaita and her family take in a foster dog, Truman, until the right family comes along. They live through all of the trials of having a new dog, including the good and the bad. After a few families weren't "just right", and
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Shannon Rochester
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I chose this book because last year I became a foster mother for the first time. Of course, my husband and I failed right off the bat. We were too sad to think of her leaving us and after about 3 weeks we made the decision to keep Donut. We THOUGHT we would be able to continue fostering but she decided she didn't want any other animals around. One day we will have to have the aggression
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***Book Lady ***
An early reader book about the Takano family. This book is a heartwarming book about a little girl named Kaito and being a foster parent to a rescue dog named Truman. At first Truman is very wary of new people, and chews things when left alone. The family learns all about Truman and what personality he has, and adjust their care accordingly. They find out how hard it is giving him up, once they have fallen in love with him and he is a part of their lives. In the end they are a little sad, but ...more
MaryAnn
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, children
Truman is waiting for his forever home, but he goes to live with Katia's family as a foster pet. This delightful story chronicles the entire fostering process from the time Truman arrives until after he has become the family pet in a new home. Throughout the story, Kaita learns how to encourage Truman to make new friends and take a bath, as well as how to prevent problems from occurring. The illustrations were fun and brightly colorful, and the pace of the story seemed perfect. I foresee this ...more
Lisa
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katia and her family, who have a dog named Ollie, provide a foster home for Truman while he waits for his forever home. Although Truman is very lovable, he gets himself into some puppy trouble. Katia immediately falls in love with him and is conflicted about how she'll feel when it's time to let him go. This short, illustrated chapter book for early readers has a positive message about caring for animals and shows what it's like to foster a pet. It's a sweet start to a series that will appeal ...more
Heather Strickland
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truman the Dog by Debbi Michiko Florence is part of the My Furry Foster Family series. Kaita and her family become a foster family to a lovable mischief filled mixed lab named Truman. The story tells how Truman adjusts to his new foster family and how Kaita's family and dog Ollie adjust to him. The Gracia family adopts Truman and Kaita has some emotions she has to work through when he is gone.

This book would great for grade school readers who are starting to read chapter books.
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