Monday, December 29, 2014

Odie's Best Friend, by Kristen Mott, earns the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Odie's Best Friend is the precious story of Odie and his old friend Bandit.  One day Odie asks his friend how he came to the farm where they both live.

Bandit shares with Odie the tale of how he was abandoned at a shelter by the family of a young girl who had loved him very much.  As his sad story unfolds, Odie learns how, over time, Bandit finally came to find a place to call home.  Author Kristen Mott has a very lovely way of relaying the sense of sadness that Bandit once felt, and his reluctance to trust someone to fully love him after he's been hurt so many times.  As Bandit learns to trust, he finds a forever home, a girl to love and care for him, and his very best friend Odie.

Odie's Best Friend is a story that will connect with young readers on many levels.  There is the message that animals have feelings and that the responsibility to love and care for an animal is a decision not to be taken lightly.  This book teaches compassion and would also translate well for youngsters who may have their own personal experience with foster homes and other areas of sadness and personal loss. 

Odie's Best friend comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval

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