I have been known to judge a book by its cover, you too? It is almost impossible not to have a reaction to book covers and well this one is swoon worthy. Let me introduce you to Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill (Tundra Books, 2016). This book has been on my radar for a while now, I am rather obsessed with the books that Tundra publishes (This is Sadie, If I had a Gryphon) and when I saw the cover for this one, well I marked my calendar for the release date.
Miss Moon, is a completely whimsical story filled with incredibly thoughtful advice that is beneficial for not only canines (ours approves) as well as petites and even adults. We are given a brief introduction to Miss Wilhelmina Moon on the first page where we learn that she set off with her French bulldog, petunia and her monkey, Mitford to become a governess to sixty-seven dogs. During her time as a dog governess she imparted her wisdom and sage advice to these pooches and in this collection you the reader will learn her 20 ‘most important lessons for lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-mannered pooches – and people”.
I couldn’t possibly spoil all of the fun; but feel compelled to share our favorite lessons from Miss Moon…
Lesson One: Friends can come in many shapes and sizes.
Lesson Five: Practice Makes Perfect.
Lesson Six: A good book will chase away the dark.
Lesson Seven: Never stop learning.
Lesson Nine: The impossible can become possible with a little creativity.
These are just a few of my favorites. I adore these lessons and the illustrations that go with them. They are unique, yet classic. They are absolutely delightful.
Teacher Application: This book would be so much fun to read in the first weeks of school to your class and then discuss what lessons/rules would be great to have in your class for the year. These are all perfect jumping off points for students to be better citizens and classmates to one another. It would also be fun to see what other lessons the students might want to add to the list of 20.
Age range 4-8 years old.
Leave it to Tundra Books to also create an awesome guide for educators to go along with this book. Find it here.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can buy all of the illustrations from this enchanting book on Janet Hill’s Etsy site.