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Max Talks to Me
by Claire Buchwald
illustration by Karen Ritz

$16.95 jacketed cloth
2008 KIND Children's Honor Book
2008 KIND Children's Book Honor Book
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2008 KIND Children's Honor Book

Alex and his dog Max are true friends--the kind that share each other's excitement, comfort each other when they are sad, wait together when parents are away, and have fun wherever they are. Alex is learning that every good relationship is a two-way street. By observing and listening to his dog, by sharing good times and bad, he and Max are earning each other's love and devotion.

Parents will appreciate the information about animal communication and the dog-child bond that they will find in Max Talks to Me. Children will want to share Max and Alex's adventures and friendship over and over as they read the gentle, engaging story and look at the beautiful illustrations.

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“In Max Talks to Me, Claire Buchwald brilliantly shares a story of love and devotion between a child and his beloved furry friend and the caring behaviors that allow such a rich relationship to develop. This heartwarming account, with illustrations that capture the essence of their special friendship, will make a fine addition to my grandson’s (and any child’s) bookshelf!?
—Bonnie Jean Flom, educational consultant;
former elementary school principal

Claire Buchwald lives with her husband, three children, dog, and cat in Bloomington, MN. The author of The Great Mitzvah-Go-Round (Artscroll, 2002), co-written with her husband, Larry Bogoslaw, and The Puppet Book (1990, Plays Inc.), Ms. Buchwald is currently completing a nonfiction book on the power of imagination, reading, and pretend play in children's lives. Buchwald, who has a Ph.D. in Communication [from UCSD], believes that children deserve the finest of writing because they are complicated, intelligent, full of questions, and strongly connected to the powerful capacities of imagination and awe.

Karen Ritz is the illustrator of Daddy's Song by Leslea Newmann (Holt, Spring 2007) and forty other award-winning children’s titles. She has been a full-time illustrator of books and magazines since 1989 and teaches classes for teachers and librarians about visual language and the art of children’s books. Her art for Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express appears as an animated feature on public television’s “Reading Rainbow.?

Our "Sit! Stay! Read!" series of picture books for children seeks to explorer issues and ideas that explore the bond between animals and humans.

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