Before You Were Mine

Before You Were Mine

Picture Book - 2007
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A young boy imagines what his rescued dog's life might have been like before he adopted him.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2007.
ISBN: 9780399245268
Branch Call Number: JPB BOELTS, M.
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Walker, David 1965-- Illustrator


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Jul 22, 2018

What a beautiful and emotionally powerful picture book about a boy’s speculation about the life of his dog before he was rescued. It begins innocently enough and soon becomes ever more powerfully rich with imagery as we find out more of the rescue’s actual life. The book’s conclusion is profound, poignant and positive. One of the best books about adoption from shelters written.

Mar 24, 2018

A sweet ode to shelter dogs

CatherineG_1 Oct 07, 2017

After reading the review by another staff member, I had to read this book.

The story is about a little boy who wonders about the life of his adopted dog before he had him. In the end of course, all the little boy cares about is that this little dog is now his and part of his family.

Would be wonderful to read with children when you are considering adopting a pet. Teaches children compassion and empathy.

Sep 27, 2017

This had me bawling. What a beautiful story, and great for those who love dogs or have adopted a dog. This is a wonderful picture book that leaves you thinking, and I know after reading it I just want to cuddle my pups.


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