PPBF: Widget

Author: Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Illustrator: Jim McFarland
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001
Genre: fiction
Themes: dogs, cats, tolerance, acceptance, emergencies
Age Level: 3 to 6
Grade Range:
p to 1
Opening: Widget was a little stray dog. He had no home. He had no friends.
Synopsis: A small stray dog is accepted into a household full of cats learning to “fit in,” but when his mistress is hurt, he demonstrates that being a dog is not all bad.
Why I like this book: Widget weaselled his way into my heart by doing his darndest to fit in with 6 cats. I had no choice but to fall in love!
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22 thoughts on “PPBF: Widget

  1. Another great book, Julie, that will help kids discover how important it is to “get along” with one another. The 911 activity is a great one…young kids need to be taught early how they can contact help in an emergency. We often read in the newspaper about how a very young child saved a parent’s life because he knew how to dial 911. 🙂


    • Just realized it’s still pertinent to talk w/my teens about ’emergencies’. New to my 17 yr old situations are surfacing as she is house/dog sitting for friends. Nothing bad yet, but the ideas are cropping up!


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