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Little Kisses
by Jolie Jones
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Katherine Tegen, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This love story between a girl and her dog parallels the love between a mother and child. The story is told from the point of view of the dog, Bejinhos, whose name means Little Kisses in Brazilian. 

Bejinhos and his owner, whom he lovingly refers to as My Jolie, are inseparable. They go on walks together, meeting other canine friends with charming names such as Nani and Kibawa. Jolie tries to reinforce rules of safety to her dog.

One day, after Jolie has left for school, Bejinhos spends some time rolling around outside and playing by himself. Even though he has been warned not to leave the yard, he digs a hole to retrieve a toy, and suddenly realizes he is lost. Of course, there is a happy ending, and when the pair is reunited, Jolie gently scolds her dog for not following the rules, but also reassures him that she still loves him.

Bejinhos learns the meaning of unconditional love, and young children may learn a lesson about listening and following rules. The soft watercolors accompanying the story are appealing; Downing succeeds in capturing the love between Jolie and Bejinhos.

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