Madeline Finn and Star are back, and now Star is old enough to become a therapy dog! They’ve been practicing for weeks—Star is always friendly when he meets new people and dogs, and he’s very good at sitting still (most of the time). But before he can get his official collar tag, he’ll have to pass three tests. Accompanied by Mom, Mrs. Dimple, and Bonnie, they visit Walter Oaks, a retirement community where Star’s tests will take place. Madeline Finn leads Star through a series of commands and skills, and everyone is overjoyed to meet him…except an elderly man in a wheelchair who never smiles. She’s concerned that they’re doing something wrong. Isn’t there anything they can do to help?
Author and illustrator Lisa Papp’s cast of beloved characters returns in this sweet companion to her best-selling books Madeline Finn and the Library Dog and Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog. This touching tale demonstrates the power of practice and perseverance with a fascinating look at the therapy dog training process. Madeline Finn’s eagerness to help will inspire readers to see the best in others and seek opportunities to serve the community. With soft, endearing illustrations and a heartwarming resolution, Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog proves that nothing brings people together like a good book.
Peek inside the book to see Madeline Finn and Star prepare for their big test!
“Charming, soft-focus illustrations provide extra details and capture the personalities of the determined child and irresistible dogs…. This touching story stands on its own, but fans of Madeline’s previous outings will particularly enjoy reading this account that ties all the previous tales together. A gentle, heartwarming introduction to the world of therapy dogs.” —Kirkus Reviews
Cheer on Madeline Finn and Star in Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog this September at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our brand-new Fall 2020 titles as well as our picture books and middle grade titles coming to Peachtree this season in paperback!