When my son was in our synagogue pre-school, he was obsessed with one particular child. He desperately wanted the child to play with him. The child, for whatever reason, wasn’t interested in my son. We would tell my son that he should stop chasing after someone who didn’t want to be friends with him and instead become friends with the many kids who would love to be his friend. I wrote I Am Not a Dog Toy based on this experience. Bear is a teddy bear who is given to a kid. Even though Kid has NO INTEREST in Bear, Bear desperately wants to be Kid’s friend. Meanwhile, the family dog really wants to play with Bear. The story is about Bear learning to accept that he is a dog toy and that Dog is his ideal friend. My hope is to share the story with as many Jewish pre-schools as possible, so children can learn to pursue good friendships.
I Am Not a Dog Toy
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2020
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