Author: Irene Dolnick
Illustrator: Richa Kinra
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-0966-4

Author: Irene Dolnick
Illustrator: Richa Kinra
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-0966-4

From this day forward, Kurt, I plan to laugh at all the things that make me worry because I have friends and one named Bagel! I also promise not to be jealous because I have beautiful things too!” Jazmine explains in Irene Dolnick’s story, Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel.

This thirty-eight page square paperback book is targeted toward preschoolers to early elementary school aged readers, especially those who like dogs or are learning or struggling with reading. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, this tome has red letter word placement for phonetic and pronunciation guidance to aide in learning to read. The painted illustrations by Richa Kinra are colorful and expressive, covering usually the left side of each page while wording is on the right side. There is a short author’s biography included.

In this cute canine tale about four beagles, Jazmine was walking by Kurt and Gert’s house one chilly day and notice the two dogs happily playing inside while she was out in the cold. Feeling alone and jealous since she had no friend to call her own, she walked for what seemed hours until she heard a whimper of a dog.

After being introduced to her new friend, Bagel and Jazmine were inseparable, even visiting her favorite restaurant. While eating, the two decided they needed to take an adventure together to someplace warm, away from the cold, chilly weather.

Although Jazmine was scared to leave home and had a fear of losing Bagel, she loved his companionship. She decided to call Kurt and Gert and tell them the news about her new friend.

Both dogs were excited for Jazmine to have a new pal and told her they were her friends first and would not lose their friendship or Bagel’s, even if she goes away on an adventure. Jazmine is not only happy she has a new friend; she realizes she does not have to be jealous of others because she has them as friends too.

With the book promoting friendship, it centers on developing relationships and not to be insecure or jealous of others. The phonetic imprints will help some readers understand word sounds more easily with their sounded out letters and repetition.

This book was furnished by the author in exchange for the reader’s honest opinion.

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