Bash's dog, Lucy, helps coach his soccer team, and Lucy leads the team to the championships. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Lucy enchants a team of Special Olympics kids who say they want her to coach their team. Can Bash overcome his jealousy and learn to share Lucy with kids who say they need her? This is Book Two in the Bash and Lucy series, following Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence.
Lucy, an extraordinary canine, is a great soccer coach. She is also able to detect when humans need a bit of attention to succeed in what they do. She is noticed by a special needs child who wants her help so his team can win too.
Children reading this book will recognize the feelings of jealousy they sometimes get when they have to share their toys, room, clothes, and maybe even parents. It is not always an easy thing to deal with. This book allows those feelings but also shows children that sometimes, other children just need the things or in this case dog, that they have to feel better. The book acknowledges both sides of the issue and comes to a logical conclusion on how to deal with the feelings of jealousy.
I liked that the authors highlighted children who have different capabilities but still do the same things that other children do, like play soccer! I also liked how the showed the difference between a service dog verses a pet. Although, the book begged the question if Lucy could have been a service dog herself. Maybe in future books she will be?
I was not real fond of the illustrations. Even though they were done ok it seemed in watercolors, I found a few of them to be confusing and dark. I really did not like the one on page 24. In fact, it made no sense to me and the kids looked monster like.
In any case, I enjoyed this book for the most part and look forward to more in this series. 4 stars.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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