Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618574056, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
Rosa was an artist. But all of her paintings were sad and gloomy until one day, a stray little dog wanders into her gallery, looking for someone to love.
Through their uplifting story, readers witness the power of friendship as an artist finds her unlikely muse in the irrepressible and infectious joy of a little dog.
Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Missing Molly, Simon and Molly Plus Hester, and On the Hill, as well as her debut young adult novel Country Girl, City Girl. She is the chair of the illustration program at Maine College of Art and also teaches at the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Portland, Maine.
"The minimal text is accompanied by simple, childlike artwork, framed in and accented by heavy, black brush strokes. The thickly painted colors change as the story progresses, from dark and somber to dazzling, which illustrates the transformation in the characters’ lives. Children will revel in the joy Little Dog and Rosa derive from one another." Booklist Booklist, ALA
"...Through her minimalist text and symbolic imagery, the book will likely resonate with readers long after the last page." Publishers Weekly