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Rufus Finds a Home by Theodore Jerome Cohen
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it was amazing

This book tackles a tough problem many families and dogs might and do face -- the dog needs a new home and family. This does happen in real life. My friend just adopted a dog as the owner passed away right after her dog also did so. Children can learn about these situations and have some understanding for people and dogs in this situation.

In Rufus, the older man begins to face the fact he can no longer appropriately care for his dog. He forgets to feed it, and forgets it is outside (and in the cold). Realizing the dog needs a new family and that he requires fewer responsibilities, he makes some decisions. He meets a family that does fall in love with the dog and takes it home.

It is a sad story line but carefully composed in rhyme and very young children might not fully understand the situation. They know dogs get adopted which is a happy thought in their minds. Primary age children will probably "get the drift" but be able to understand without becoming upset. It is sad for all of us when older relatives face such difficulties. This book can be helpful to families in several life situations.
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July 12, 2017 – Shelved
July 16, 2017 – Started Reading
July 16, 2017 – Finished Reading

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