Perfect Picture Book Friday: OPERATION RESCUE DOG Plus GIVEAWAY

Friday is one of my favorite days and I’m sure you all know why. It’s the day I get to review a brand new picture book! Hurray!

And today’s selection is from one of my favorite kidlit authors, Maria Gianferrari, who is so generous and kind. She is offering a copy of OPERATION RESCUE DOG as a giveaway. Please make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win!

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Written by Maria Gianferrari

Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Published by Little Bee Books (September 2018)

Ages: 4-8


Synopsis: From Amazon: 

This sweet story about a girl named Alma and a stray dog named Lulu shows how a girl and a dog can rescue each other.

Lulu’s ears flap in the wind

as the rescue truck rolls into the lot.

Lulu’s tail thumps—

Everything smells . . . new.

Lulu sleeps under the moon, drinking from mud puddles and is covered in ticks until she is rescued. She waits for the Operation Rescue Dog truck, scared and uncertain.

Alma misses her Mami, who is far away in Iraq. Alma wears Mami’s scarf around her like a hug. She wonders: Can a dog feel like a hug?

Why I like this book:

  • You’ve got a dog who needs a home and a little girl who needs a friend…that’s a formula for a book filled with heart…and I love books filled with heart.
  • Wonderful illustrations will keep the kids wanting to turn the page to see the next one.
  • Maria has such a wonderful understanding of dogs…and the relationship they have with people.



Dog-Crafts-for-KidsPhoto courtesy:

WOW…what a fabulous collection of dog crafts for young kids. If you’d like detailed instructions, please go here:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Autumn is definitely here…our leaves are already changing color and the temperature in the morning is decidedly crisp. I am fortunate to live in New England because the fall foliage is something many people travel here to see.

School is underway in just about every town and city…but this is a perfect season to do day or short weekend trips with the kiddos. Do you have any travel plans in the near future? My son is flying in from Chicago next week to participate in the Tough Mudder in Gilford, NH. What is a Tough Mudder you ask? Here a short video clip:

It’s a 10 mile race with 20 obstacles…like a slog through ice cold water (filled with ice cubes), a run between wires that have electricity going through them…and you…OUCH! As well as climbing up walls, swinging from rings and more! My daughter and I will definitely not be participating…only cheering him and her hubby on. And then the next day, we’ll be making a bittersweet drive to Connecticut to hold a tribute to my husband at the river where he fished for decades. 

And my writer friends…how is your writing life going? We are in the last quarter of the year…are you working on anything new? Revising manuscripts? I just finished a new story and just need to polish the author’s note (it’s another nonfiction pb) befoe I send it to my agent. And then…a new story! YAY! I just came back from visiting a dear friend in New Jersey. We stayed up late…talking for hours and hours. In fact, her husband was sure we would lose our voices. But we didn’t! And I came home with TWO fabulous story ideas that I can’t wait to start researching and writing.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway for a copy of Maria Gianferrari’s brand new book: OPERATION RESCUE DOG…it’s available for preorder and launches in just a few days!!!!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on September 14, 2018, in book giveaway, Crafts for kids, Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. What a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing Vivian!
    All the best,

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  2. This sounds like a sweet book. So many kids love books that feature dogs and I have a feeling they’ll love this one.

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  3. This book sounds like a heartwarming tail, whoops, tale! So sweet.
    New ideas for you, Vivian…you’re on a wonderful roll!

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  4. I love, love, love dog books! I’m looking forward to reading this one!

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  5. This book is a must have! Rescuing animals is so important and it is very often the case that they rescue us right back. So sweet, congrats to Maria! Thanks for sharing this book, Vivian💕

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  6. It sounds like Maria has done it again! I can’t wait to check out this sweet story. Congratulations Maria and thank you for the post, Vivian. Enjoy your family time!

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  7. I have already been hearing about this book! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

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  8. We love rescue dogs in our house. We have three and my sister has one. They have saved me as much as I saved them. This sounds like a wonderful story.

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    • mariagianferrari

      Hooray for your rescue dogs, Sarah!! My rescue girl, Becca, is originally from TN. We got her when she was 6 months old, and she’ll be 13 in January!


  9. I love Maria’s stories & I love, love, love the idea of a rescue dog (as does my sweet girl, Sadie, rescued from the Virgin Islands in June 2017). We’ll be on the hunt to find & read Operation Rescue Dog!

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  10. All of Maria’s books are fantastic…can’t wait to read this one!

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  11. Congratulations Maria on your new book! Such a heartfelt story about a girl who is missing her mother finds a “hug” in her relationship with Lulu. A story with heart!

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  12. Congratulations, Maria! Such a sweet picture. We had a border collie rescue once, but could only keep her for 3 months until we found a woman gifted in training them. Miss her every day (the dog, not the woman LOL). Vivian, many blessings on your trips and your tribute! Thanks for sharing with us and letting in on your life. Hugs!

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  13. Yay! Another rescue story to add to my collection! I well remember the day we brought home our rescue dog. We were the seventh family to adopt Max. Sadly, everyone before us that adopted him brought him back to the shelter because of one reason or another: divorce, a change to a new apartment that didn’t allow dogs, etc… Thank you for sharing this book with all of us today. I’m looking forward to reading the story of a fortunate-to-be-rescued dog.

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    • mariagianferrari

      Poor Max! To have been shuffled around so much, but now he gets to live with you, Leslie!! Thanks for rescuing him!! Rescue dogs are the best!! ❤


  14. Hurrah for another adorable dog book from the formidable Gianferrari pen!

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  15. Lovely book! and great crafts!! Thanks for sharing this story of friendship!

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  16. Some of my all-time favorite books are about the love between a child and a dog. I can’t wait to check this one out. Thanks for sharing, Vivian!

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  17. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Maria has the secret sauce for finding the story’s emotional core. Woof! Vivian – all the best to you on a busy, family-filled weekend.

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  18. Danielle Hammelef

    Maria is my favorite picture book author! We share a love for dogs. I have a copy of Hello Goodbye Dog that I will treasure forever. Thanks for the post today and sharing your writing life updates too.

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  19. Really looking forward to reading Maria’s latest! Wau-wau!

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  20. mariagianferrari

    Hooray for PB Friday! It should be PB EVERY DAY!! Thanks so much for sharing Operation Rescue Dog here, Vivian!! Such cute doggy crafts too. You are the best!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


  21. Nancy Furstinger

    This will be on my shelf to read to my rescued dogs (and house buns and chin) plus the shelter pooches! Rescue dogs rock:-) Hope you do a reading/signing in NY State someday soon.

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  22. What a beautiful concept! I love Maria’s books and, having rescued two dogs–a gorgeous, loving Dalmatian and the stubbornest, most adorable of hounds–am looking forward to this one–and trying out some of those dog crafts. Thank you for this post, Vivian!

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  23. Vivian, I love Maria’s books. This one looks amazing and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for highlighting it and showcasing some really fun crafts.

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  24. Looks like a fun, sweet story. It is always inspiring to see the great things the kidlit community is creating!

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  25. What a sweet story. I’d love to share it with my great nieces & nephews.

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  26. Any story involving a dog already has me hooked! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  27. Congrats, Maria.
    We don’t have a dog at the moment but all those we had were rescue dogs. So I think it’s a great topic for a picture book.

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  28. I can’t wait to read another of your wonderful books, Maria. You are the perfect writer to pen this story because you truly understand the bond between a dog and owner. Congratulations!

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  29. mariagianferrari

    Oh–thank you so much for the very kind words, Dee!! You made my day!! 🙂 ❤


  30. Congrats on yet another fabulous book that kids will LOVE!


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