Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Will Phillip Ever Speak?

Zoe’s house is always full of flying fur! Her mom rescues Great Pyrenees dogs until they can find a safe and permanent home. Dogs are always coming and going, except the one dog that is always with them, Kodi. Zoe and her sister, Alice, love the dogs and get very attached to them. When the girls see a car drop off a young boy at the house next door, they're instantly curious. Out in the country new kids are rare. Zoe and Alice don’t learn much about the new neighbor, just that his name is Phillip, and he's living with his aunt and uncle for some unknown reason. It's hard to find out any information because Phillip won’t talk, but he does seem to enjoy the company of Kodi. He also listens to the girls as they talk to him, but he seems lost in his emotions and doesn’t want to let anyone in. Of course, Zoe is curious about him and his reasons for not talking, but she agrees to wait it out. When Phillip goes missing during a major storm, everyone is frantic. To make matters worse, Kodi is missing too. Where have they gone? Will Phillip ever let his emotions out and tell the girls about himself? Why is he so afraid to talk to them. What will happen if Phillip and Kodi can’t be found? If you're looking for a short read with an emotional impact, this is the perfect book for you!


White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan is a book about patience, acceptance, unconditional friendship, and being comfortable enough to be ourselves. Zoe is a character I can relate to, she's kind and loves those around her. My heart went out to Phillip and his aunt because they were both going through their own struggles. I especially enjoyed Zoe’s mom because she seems to have wonderful intuition about animals and humans. I think kids in second grade and up will enjoy this book, as it's a shorter chapter book, but has important themes and will make them think. It's always fun to read a book in one sitting! This story makes you realize what an important emotional connection people and animals have!  

Has anyone else read White Fur Flying? Or have you read another book by Patricia MacLachlan? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

We were lucky enough to meet Patricia MacLachlan at the 2013 UCONN Children's Book Fair

Happy Reading! ~L


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24 comments:

  1. I haven't read this, but I do adore dog books. Great themes here.

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    1. Medeia- This is definitely a book for dog lovers. :) ~L

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  2. I haven't read it yet either, but it sounds great!

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  3. Our neighbour fosters these dogs for the British Pyrenees Mountain Dog Society and they really are like giant teddy bears.

    Another great sounding book, I'm keeping a list of them for when my great-nephews are a little older.

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    1. Tracy- How cool that your neighbor fosters these dogs. They sound like bundles of furry fun in the book. :)

      You are awesome for keeping a list for your great-nephews. :) ~L

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  4. You are recommending so many great books. I must have this one too. I have Babushka's Doll (It's as wonderful a you said) and now I need to order this one. Thanks for bringing them to our attention. *waves*

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    1. Robyn- I am so glad you enjoyed Babushka's Doll. :) Yeah! Patricia Polacco is amazing. How wonderful that this one made your list too. So many fabulous books to read! Enjoy! :) ~L

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  5. I haven't read this one, but it might be a good one to read with the littles, I'm thinking. =)

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    1. Crystal- It would definitely be a good one to read with the littles. :) ~L

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  6. How sweet. Sounds like an amazing book. I love to hear when people do good.

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    1. Lady Lilith- It is! I love to hear about people doing kind things too. :) ~L

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  7. Sound like a heart-warming story.

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  8. This sounds really good. I will definitely check it out.

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  9. This would make me cry. I know full well the beautiful relationships people can have with animals. I am still missing my dog and it is going on three months. He took a piece of my heart with him.

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    1. Heidi- Our animals definitely take a piece of us with them. They get right into our hearts. This is a book was written in a way that makes the reader a bit sad, but happy too. :) ~L

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  10. I haven't read this. Awesome you got to meet the author.

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    1. Natalie- It was great to meet her and hear her talk about her books! :) ~L

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    2. I've been searching for Patricia MacLachlan's books ever since I read a review on one of hers on another blog. Will check this one out as well. I have a girl student who might enjoy this and I'd love to read it with her.

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    3. Claudine- I hope your student enjoys this one! :) Patricia MacLachlan has written some great books. :) ~L

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