Just get your tissue box out now. When the puppy comes to live with Harry, he is as hoppy as a grasshopper so that's what they name him: Hopper. Harry and Hopper grow up together and their bond and their love just grow and grow.and come beaming off each page. They are truly kindred spirits.
Then, the day comes when Harry comes home from school and his best friend doesn't come charging out to meet him. There has been an accident. There's a shadow in the illustrations that creates a mood of sadness and grief.
Harry has a very hard time accepting that this wonderful dog is gone. He really can't talk about it. Then, in the night, magically, Hopper is back. Harry can once again feel that "warm little body." Out in the moonlight they play and romp as ever. The next night Hopper is back and they can be those two innocent, fun-loving guys once more. It takes a few nights before Harry can finally bid his best friend goodbye...but he does. It's beautiful. It's sensitive. It captures the wonder of a dog and the difficulty of a sudden loss of something so precious. Well done. 32 pages Ages 5-9
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