The Dog That Would Not Bark by Shevelle Ford

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The little girl in this book is adorable. She loves her walks/stroller rides with her mom. My daughter connected with her immediately because she also likes to walk and she thought it was really great that the little girl did too!

How I Felt: The writing was very nice, and the story was easy to read, but I struggled with the rating of this book. The dog in the story is wearing a shock collar, which is why it won’t bark. The book never calls it that, but it’s clear that the collar is a shock collar. The dog cannot bark because of this and is always quiet on the walks. I just wasn’t quite sure of the lesson that I was trying to teach my child while reading this. My daughter had questions about what the collar was and I spent some time explaining it to her, but overall, I just did not know why this was a topic in a child’s book.

To Read or Not To Read: If you have a child that loves animals, this would be an enjoyable book for them, as in the end, the collar is removed and the child gets to hear the dog bark.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A little girl and her mom go for walks each day. One day her mother takes a different route and they pass a dog behind a gated yard. The dog does not bark and the little girl questions why. The mother explains that the collar the dog wears does not allow him to bark. Each day they pass the dog and the little girl wants to hear the dog bark. Finally, one day as they pass, the owner has the dog on the sidewalk and the collar is removed. The little girl finally gets to hear the dog bark!

Where To Find This Book:



Mascot Books


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