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Just Like Millie

by Lauren Castillo

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"When a young girl and her mother move to an apartment in a new city, the girl feels fine on her own. She would rather play by herself than meet new kids at the park or have a playdate with the other children in her building. And when her mom takes her to story time at the bookstore, she breaks down in tears. But things start to change when she meets Millie, a rescue dog who is not too big, not too small. On their daily walks, Millie isn't afraid to meet new people seems to like friends. When she sees another shy girl at the dog park, will the girl find the courage to be just like Millie and make new friends?"--Jacket flap.… (more)

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A girl and her mom have moved to a new apartment in a new city. The girl likes their home, where she feels safe; she declines her mom's offers to take her to the park, and when Mom tries to arrange a playdate, "my face turned hot and my eyes felt wet." Even a storytime at a bookstore is too much. So one day, Mom takes the girl to the animal shelter, where she meets Millie: "A not too big, not too small dog. A just right dog." She overcomes her nerves and pets the dog, and they bring Millie home. On daily walks, the girl notices that Millie is friendly to everyone they meet: "Millie wagged back. She wasn't afraid." The girl feels safe with Millie, and encountering new people becomes less scary each time. The girl even agrees to take Millie to the dog park, because she knows the dog will like it there. While Millie plays, the girl and her mom sit on a bench, and another mom and girl approach. This girl is equally shy, and the first girl suggests, to her mom's surprise, that they go over and say hello. "It felt safe. And just like Millie, I made a friend."

A beautiful story of overcoming shyness enough to make a friend. Millie the dog is an inspiration, and Mom shows patience with her daughter needing to do things in her own way and at her own pace. ( )
  JennyArch | May 22, 2024 |
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"When a young girl and her mother move to an apartment in a new city, the girl feels fine on her own. She would rather play by herself than meet new kids at the park or have a playdate with the other children in her building. And when her mom takes her to story time at the bookstore, she breaks down in tears. But things start to change when she meets Millie, a rescue dog who is not too big, not too small. On their daily walks, Millie isn't afraid to meet new people seems to like friends. When she sees another shy girl at the dog park, will the girl find the courage to be just like Millie and make new friends?"--Jacket flap.

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