Templar, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
hen Mr. Hope looks out the kitchen window one day he sees a black dog. '
' he says. '
There's a black dog the size of a tiger outside my house!
' He calls the police but they just laugh and tell him to not go outside.
hen Mrs. Black looks out the window. '
Did you know there's a black dog the size of an elephant outside?
' she asks her husband. He replies that he knows that and they should turn out the lights so the dog doesn't know anyone is home.
hen Adeline Hope sees the dog outside, she says the pooch is the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex. And so it goes until the youngest member of the Hope family decides to confront the problem outside their door head-on. She slips into her yellow coat and goes out to address their visitor.
es, the dog is rather large but this brave child has a solution for the problem. How she gets the dog down to a reasonable size is the subject of the rest of this offbeat tale that is really a fable about confronting one's fears.
t the end of the story the child's mother says, '
You've got a lot of courage, facing up to a big, fearsome thing like that.
' The little girl looks up and just shrugs, '
There was nothing to be scared of, you know.
' Then she and her new pet go and sit in front of the fire!
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