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- December 8, 2017

'Tis the Season to celebrate family, friends and pets

A guide to children's books about classic life lessons

by Debbie Duncan The holiday season is often a time to introduce new books to children as special gifts or in front of the fire shared with family during winter evenings. We've put together a list of books for children that include stories about family,

There was never a time when Eli the dog wasn't in Astrid's life. These best friends do everything together. Yet dogs age faster than girls, and Astrid wishes, "If only we could STAY like this forever." Since that isn't possible, Astrid makes a bucket list for things to do with Eli before he gets "too old": bike ride; library (check out books about dogs); movie (Lassie); sleep outside and under the covers; and eat spaghetti with meatballs at a restaurant (echoes of "Lady and the Tramp"). In the end, and all along, really, Eli simply wants to spend time with his Astrid. That is his bucket list.

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Debbie Duncan is a Stanford writer and author of books for children and adults.


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