“Where Every Puppy Finds a Home” is the tagline to the Puppy Place series in which the Peterson family fosters unwanted puppies until they can find their ‘forever’ home. Charles and Lizzie (and their baby brother the Bean) are crazy about dogs and are very excited to be fostering Sweetie, a wonderfully smart and loving poodle who quickly learns some impressive tricks. She’s such a good performer, in fact, that Charlie and his friends think she’d make a great companion to a circus clown they know. But is the circus the right life for Sweetie or can she find some other venue for her talents?
The Puppy Place series features a new foster dog (or two, or even a cat!) in each book, with 24 titles in the series so far. Each title follows the acquisition, training and care, and eventual adoption of various homeless dogs. It is a great series for boys or girls who love dogs but like the Petersons are not allowed to have one of their own. Lizzie is a dog expert—she knows all about breeds and the training methods and Charles just loves all the pups that enter their home. Reporter Mom and Firefighter Dad help out, too, but it’s Charles and Lizzie who are responsible for the dogs and set a wonderful example for children that puppies are a lot of work. The siblings argue like regular kids do, but it’s not mean-spirited and they usually learn that the best way to train and re-home the dog is by working together.
Because the series deals with shelter dogs, there are the occasional instances of dogs being rescued from scary situations, and there is some talk about the puppy mills, so be warned. The Puppy Place is designed for children in at about the second-grade reading level so the context is appropriate for that age. It is recommended for dog lovers everywhere!
Posted by: Cindy