by Meggan Hill (Author), Susan M. Graunke (Photographer)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Nico and Lola; 1st edition (April 2009)
What to expect: Dogs, Relationships, Kindness
Nico and Lola is a heartwarming tale about a boy and a dog–a simple premise that has been the basis for stories since time immemorial. Dogs, descendants of wolves, were domesticated some 15,000 years ago in Central Asia. According to anthropological studies, it is believed that the emigration of our forebears from Asia to North America across the Bering Strait might not have been possible without the use of sled dogs–so they’ve been an integral part of human life for ages, as pets, workers and aides. It comes as no surprise, then, that so many touching stories have dogs as main characters. Nico and Lola is one such tale.
The story centers around the relationship between Nico, a young boy, and Lola, a pug, and the bonds they build over the course of a weekend. The story contains lessons of kindness and compassion and is filled with photographs that perfectly complement the author’s sincere tale. It’s sure to please parents and children alike–the lessons are ones that are important for kids to learn and the story reinforces them nicely.
More information can be found at www.nicoandlola.com.
Add this book to your collection: Nico & Lola: Kindness shared between a boy and a dog