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The Dog That Was Different

Written by Crystal Mason

Illustrated by Cyrelle Suasin

Ages 3-7 | 25 Pages

Publisher: Crystal Mason | ISBN-13: 9798418565174

What to Expect: Social expectations, acceptance, empathy, diversity, choices, pets.

John and Golden are best friends, but sometimes John finds it hard to understand why Golden is the way he is. Golden doesn’t play in the park the way the other dogs play; instead, he runs in a circle, chasing his tail. Instead of eating from his food bowls on the floor, he wants to eat with a knife and fork at the table! John yells at Golden to act like a normal dog, but that makes Golden sad. It’s only when John gets teased about not eating the same foods as his classmates that he understands; our choices make us different, not weird, and being different is ok.

The Dog That Was Different is a story about understanding and accepting difference as something to celebrate. Building on the timeless appeal of the “boy and his dog” motif, this engaging picturebook teaches young readers important lessons about empathy and acceptance through familiar situations and characters. Boldly colored illustrations keep background detail to a minimum, helping readers focus on the main narrative. The emphasis on dialogue throughout the narrative makes this book a great choice for reading aloud.

Overall, The Dog That Was Different is perfect for introducing young readers to emotional intelligence and inclusivity in their everyday lives.

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About the Author

Crystal Mason started her writing journey with poetry, then transitioned into narrative writing. She completed a program in elementary education at Western Governors University, and she plans to teach the second grade. She enjoys working with children, and her goal, outside of teaching, is to continue writing stories that are inspiring and entertaining to her readers.

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May 3, 2022 at 05:37AM Dr. Jen Harrison