Happy Tails Camper Stories

Lucy Learns to Share

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2021
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Reviewed by Francis Mont for Readers' Favorite

Happy Tails Camper Stories: Lucy Learns to Share by Sharlene Novak is the story of Lucy, a young West Highland Terrier who goes to day camp to socialize with other dogs. They have a fenced grassy yard to run around in, kind human minders to look after them, and toys to play with. On her first day at the camp, Lucy feels a little apprehensive, but everyone makes her welcome and she soon meets friendly dogs of her own size. When the toys are brought out and distributed, Lucy’s attention is caught by one ball that’s just the right size and color. But a bigger, faster dog gets to it first. She formulates a plan to acquire it at the first opportunity, succeeds, and is determined to keep that ball, so she hides in the bushes. Only, it turns out a ball doesn’t do much by itself; it’s only fun when others are playing too.

Lucy is an utterly charming character, typical of her bright, active, tenacious breed. The cheerful illustrations by Sara Gledhill are a pleasure to look at. The dogs she depicts all have distinct personalities; the colors are soft and peaceful; even the oval framing enhances the impression of a happy place, a place both dogs and their people would enjoy visiting. The text by Sharlene Novak is short and straightforward, telling a gentle story in which there is no deceit, no meanness, or conflict. The little heroine learns a lesson that’s important for every child to learn about sharing and cooperation with others. The young reader also learns, incidentally, to appreciate dogs. I can unreservedly recommend Happy Tails Camper Stories to parents and early childhood educators; this book would be an asset to any library for young children.