Bagels Come Home!

Joan Bet­ty Stuch­n­er; Dave Wha­mond, illus.
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By – January 20, 2016

Josh Bern­stein wants a dog more than any­thing else. At nine years of age, he’s ready to take on the chal­lenge of car­ing for a dog. So is his sis­ter, Becky. She’s five and wants to help. After a tear-jerk­ing movie night filled with Lassie Come Home movies, Josh’s mom final­ly agrees and it’s off to the ani­mal shel­ter where they find Bagels. But Josh may have bit­ten off more than he can chew — but not more than Bagels can chew, for this wild ter­ri­er-mix gets into every­thing, includ­ing the bag of bagels Mom keeps on top of the fridge! Bagels gets into one har­row­ing adven­ture after anoth­er, until Dad threat­ens to return him to the ani­mal shelter. 

Bagels Come Home is a fast-paced, fun­ny sto­ry, per­fect for first grade read­ers transition­ing to a slight­ly longer, begin­ning chap­ter book. It will keep a young reader’s inter­est — in fact, even adults can become entranced. There are just enough illus­tra­tions to high­light the action. It’s a great book! 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 8.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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