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Alfie and the Birthday Surprise by Shirley Hughes
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bookshelves: 2019, format-picture-books, little-bo-peep, open-library

This Alfie book seemed much more wordy than the others we have read, but my three-year-old happily listened to the whole story in one sitting. I like that this book handles the death of a pet in a positive way. Because it is the neighbor's pet, the child reader is a bit removed from the sadness, and Alfie is able to help comfort the neighbor by participating in a cheerful birthday surprise, which keeps the focus on the good that often arises from bad situations. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book as a birthday gift, since it does focus so much on death, but I also wouldn't label it a "death book" and only use it for that purpose.
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Started Reading
June 24, 2019 – Shelved
June 24, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
June 24, 2019 – Shelved as: format-picture-books
June 24, 2019 – Shelved as: little-bo-peep
June 24, 2019 – Shelved as: open-library
June 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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