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The Dog that Saved Christmas

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Mike Byrne

Key Stage 2 Family / Home Stories

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Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick for November 2018

Award-winning author Nicola Davies has a special talent for writing about the special bonds that can exist between children and animals. She also has a commitment to make sure that children of all kinds can find themselves in a story.  In The Dog That Saved Christmas she brings the two strands together beautifully. The touching story tells of how Christmas is made happy for Jake by his friendship with a lost dog. For Jake, Christmas is not a time of fun but a time of huge anxiety as he copes with bright lights, loud noises and the unexpected behaviour of others and the changes in routines. But, when he finds a lost dog on the street, the two forge a very special bond. In the little dog Susan, Jake finds a companion who enables him to stay calm and to cope with the things he finds difficult. A beautiful story which is especially suitable for children finding reading stamina.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2018: 

Mince Spies by Sophie Corrigan

Hampstead the Hamster by Michael Rosen

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater

Atlas Adventures: Wonders of the World by Ben Handicott

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus

The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies

The Dog that Saved Christmas Synopsis

Jake is different from the other kids at school. He struggles when routines change and people's emotions are so hard to understand. Christmas can be even worse and often the festivities are just too much to bear. But when Jake finds a little dog lost in the street he unlocks a connection he's never had before. Together Jake and Susan form a special bond that helps him to understand the world around him, changing his life for the better.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781127698
Publication date: 15th October 2018
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Mike Byrne
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Family / Home Stories

About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys Read more about Nicola Davies here. Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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