The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


My Neighbor Is a Dog

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A little girl lives in an apartment building. A new neighbor moves in, and the girl's parents are shocked when they find out he is a dog. He proves himself to be a friendly fellow, bringing the newspaper to their apartment every day. Things get more complicated when two elephants move in, and her parents get upset that their sheets take up too much space on the clothesline. They really get mad when a crocodile takes an apartment in the building.

In this delightful children's picture book by Isobel Minhós Martins, the girl espouses the spiritual practice of hospitality. She expresses respect for all the animals who become her neighbors and is a good listener as well. The clever and snappy illustrations are in sync with the story that is suitable for children from ages 3 to 7 (Owlkids Books).


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