Friday, September 14, 2018

Spotlight Friday - Operation Rescue Dog blog tour and giveaway 9.14.18

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

Dog stories tend to be a hit with young readers.  There is something so innocent about the love between a child and a dog.  Thanks to the news, getting dogs through places/people that specifically host rescue dogs has become a popular way of obtaining a new pet.  Author Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Luisa Uribe have come together and captured the sights, smells and all the feels of getting a rescue pup!

Operation Rescue Dog
written by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Luisa Uribe
published by little bee books
September 18th 

Operation Rescue Dog is the story of Alma.  When we first meet our young main character, we find her and her grandmother getting ready to go on a journey to get a rescue dog.  It will be a surprise for Alma's mother who is currently deployed in Iraq.  On the next spread, we meet Lulu, the young dog who was abandoned on the side of the road.  While the reader can guess that Alma and Lulu will eventually unite, it's the anticipation we hold while reading the rest of the pages that keeps us going!  I love how Maria uses such descriptive language to put us into the story - take a look at these pages!

We are constantly using our senses as we read this book as Maria invites us to smell the air, feel a hug and taste the words of a favorite book!  

One of my favorite parts was seeing the Rescue Truck - this surprised me since I always thought a place to get rescue animals would involve a building!  Isn't this the best illustration - I love seeing the dogs interacting with people who may be giving them forever homes!

I know this book will live in the hearts of young readers everywhere.  Should this story move readers, Maria gives lots of suggestions for how to help rescue dogs in the backmatter of the book.  I also love that some of the ideas help get families involved who want to help these animals, even if they can't give a forever home.  

More about author, Maria Gianferrari:

Maria Gianferrari loves dogs, especially her rescue dog, Becca. She loves them so much that all of her fiction picture books published thus far contain a dog main character! As an animal lover, Maria has been rescuing creatures unofficially all her life. Her most recent rescue was a five-lined skink stranded in her cellar. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia with Becca, her scientist husband and artist daughter.  

Thanks to Maria and her publisher, little bee, we have a giveaway!  One reader will win a personalized copy of the book (US only).  Enter for your chance to win - you'll be so happy to have this book!  Enter by Thursday, Sept. 20th for your chance to win.  Winner will be notified on Friday, Sept. 21st.


  1. Thanks so much for featuring Operation Rescue Dog here, Michele!! Love your post!!! <3

  2. I haven't read this book yet, but I've heard good things about it!