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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog is a children’s animal picture book written by Michelle Lander Feinberg and illustrated by Anna Mosca. Cooper was definitely their dog; from the moment they set eyes upon him at the animal shelter, they knew he was going to be a part of their family. Or maybe he decided that they were his family? In any event, out the door the family flew, following their newest member. Cooper wasn’t big on doing doggie tricks, however, or being in any way a dog. He enjoyed sitting on the couch with his family and eating at the dinner table, just like any other member of the family. And he was as gentle, loving, and cheerful as anyone could ever ask for -- just don’t call him a dog.
Michelle Lander Feinberg’s Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog eloquently states what I’ve long believed -- dogs are angelic companions who grace us with their presence, their unconditional love, and steadfast optimism. Calling them dogs somehow just doesn’t cover what having a canine companion in one’s family truly means. I was enchanted by this story of Cooper, whose lovely smile, kind eyes, and exuberance shine through on every page of this marvelous story. Anna Mosca’s amazing watercolors capture Cooper’s spirit in every panel, and each one made me smile.
I can’t think of a better book to share with children who have canine companions in their family or will be visiting a shelter in the near future to adopt a new family member. It captures the fact that each dog is unique and special, and not to be labeled or expected to perform in a set or predictable way, just like their human companions. A grand selection for storytime, Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog is also written at a level that will enable young readers to enjoy reading it on their own. It’s most highly recommended.