One Small Dog by Johanna Hurwitz

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When Curtis's parents get divorced, he has a hard time getting used to all the changes. But there is one thing that will make him feel better--a dog.

At the animal shelter, Curtis finds Sammy, a friendly puppy with curly black fur, floppy ears, and perfect white teeth. He is sure he has chosen the very best dog in the whole shelter.

But when Sammy bites Curtis's mom, Curtis must face the reality that his puppy might not be so perfect after all. Beloved author Johanna Hurwitz writes with sensitivity about adjusting to a new family situation and the dilemma of loving a problem pet.

This touching story will have Hurwitz fans wondering: Will Curtis have to give Sammy up? Or will he do whatever it takes to keep his new best friend?


About Johanna Hurwitz

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Children's author, Johanna Hurwitz was born and raised in New York City. She attended Queens College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then Columbia University for her master's in Library Science. She worked as a librarian and taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling. Her first title, Busybody Nora was published in 1976 and she has been writing a book or two a year ever since. Her other titles include Dear Emma, Summer with Elisa, A Llama in the Family, Busybody Nora and the Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. She has written over 60 titles. Her works have won her several state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, and the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award. Diane deGroat is an author and illustrator, who grew up in New Jersey. She received a BFA in commercial art from the Pratt Institute in 1969. She designed the first basic reading series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, before becoming a free-lancer in 1972. She has worked on advertising, editorial, and design projects, but her main focus has been children's book illustration. Not only does she write and illustrate her own books, but she has also worked with such well-known authors as Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, and Dr. Ruth. Her picture book Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina. She currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she works at home.
Published September 1, 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hurwitz's (Make Room For Elisa, 1993) account of the failure of an untrained pound puppy to fit into a stressed household is a cautionary tale of how not to adopt a dog.

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"Hurwitz raises two difficult issues [divorce and pet ownership] responsibly and credibly," said PW.

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Why couldn't we be part of the half that stays together?' I wanted to say more, but I was afraid I'd start crying."" In an effort to make him happier, his mother agrees to Curtis's pleas for a dog, a request that his parents have turned down in the past.

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