Bling's weekly book review: "No Roses for Harry" written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.

Hi friends,

It is time for this week's book review.   Do you remember a few weeks ago we talked about a story book containing 3 stories about Harry the dog?   Well, I thought it would be fun to review the second story of this book.   Of course the story is about our cute little buddy, Harry.  The name of this week's story in the book is No Roses for Harry.   The story is written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.
If you remember the last story we read about Harry, you will remember Harry seems to get himself into trouble.   Well, Harry is going to get himself into trouble again in this story.

The story starts out with the kids in Harry's family giving him a sweater that their grandmother had made for him.   Harry loved how it felt on.  The only problem was that the sweater had roses on it.  Now really, how could he wear a sweater with roses on it.  Harry was not happy.   Then, to make matters worse, they all went into town and every one saw Harry wearing a sweater with roses on it.   People were laughing at him and dogs were barking at him.  Harry didn't like his sweater.  No, Harry didn't like this sweater at all.
Harry had a plan to get rid of his sweater.  He tried to leave it everywhere.  He tried to leave it anywhere!  People kept finding it and returning it to him.  The kids were worried about the sweater.  After all, their grandmother had made it. They made Harry put his sweater back on so he wouldn't lose it.  Then they all went home and Harry still had the sweater with roses on it.  Back at home the sweater started unraveling.  A bird saw the lose string of the sweater and grabbed it.   Holding the end of the string, the bird flew high in the sky and the sweater came apart.   All of a sudden, Harry's new sweater was completely gone.  Harry didn't know what to do.   Sometimes things happen in life that are not our fault and we become nervous or afraid.  When things like this happen to us, it is very important to remain calm.   Try not to be nervous or afraid.  It helps to talk to a parent, a teacher, a grandparent or an adult.  Things can happen in life that are frightening.   We all get afraid at times.  That is normal.  Things always have a way of working out.  We can learn from the experiences we have in life.  These experiences make us stronger, wiser and at times, we may be even able to help someone else in the future who is also nervous or afraid of something.   I can't tell you what happens.   I do want you to know the ending of the story is happy.   I sure hope you can read the book.  It is a wonderful book and the illustrations made me laugh out loud.  I couldn't believe all the places Harry tried to hide the sweater with roses on it.

Thank you for reading my book review.  I'll have a new one next week.

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