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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Olive and Pekoe In Four Short Walks, by Jacky Davis and Giselle Potter. Greenwillow Books, Harper. 2019. $21.99 ages 4 and up

"Olive is ready to
go home to her cozy

With soggy ears and
a sagging tail,
Pekoe says, Good-bye,
Olive, enjoy your pillow. 

Olive blinks the rain
away from her eyes.
Thank you, Pekoe." 

Olive and Pekoe prove you don't have to be the same to be grand friends. In four short stories, readers learn what it takes to keep the friendship fresh and enduring, while also being true to their own character.

Pekoe is big, energetic and always on the go. Olive is older, shorter, and much less spirited. Pekoe would like Olive to catch up; Olive would like Pekoe to slow down. They don't enjoy the same things when they go for a walk. After all the exercise, they do agree that a snack is in order. That's their first walk.

While out together a second time, a thunderstorm brings wind, cold rain, and a need to find shelter. Drenched and cold, Olive wants the comfort of home. Pekoe wishes her well, and heads for home himself. The third walk features an encounter with a chipmunk. Olive does not appreciate the species; Pekoe wants to meet one, but cannot find it again. Olive knows there will be more. Finally, a trip to the dog park offers many new and different dogs. Olive doesn't need to be up-close-and-personal with any of them. Pekoe is concerned about new behaviors .... especially from a bully bulldog. Olive proves her mettle, and then offers a chance to sit back, relax and watch what is happening rather than being in the midst of it all.

The watercolor, ink and colored pencil artwork gives life and understanding to two very different, but loyal, dog pals. Through humorous scenes, Ms. Potter adds depth through her expressions and settings. The two dogs may not have much in common; their friendship is all that matters.

Warm, quiet, this is a book little ones will ask for again and again. They may soon find themselves reading it on their own.

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