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Lizzie and her mom go to the park. That's where Lizzie meets an elderly man and his companion, Cecile, a dog about her size.
But Lizzie is afraid of dogs, so she'll have to rely on her new friend to help her take things one step at a time.
Getting over your fears may seem like a small thing . . . but it sure can feel big.
Tony Johnston is the author of numerous books for children, including An Old Shell: Poems of the Galápagos. She lives in San Marino, California.
"This intergenerational tale of kindred spirits facing fears and finding friendship is certain to inspire courage in readers. A sublime read-aloud for small group sharing."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Johnston's economical text about conquering fears also focuses on finding the good in each dog and in the small actions of all. Hooper's charming illustrations make Lizzie's brave walk an absolute delight."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A buoyant book just right for reading aloud."—Booklist, starred review
"A lovely story about a transformative connection that goes both ways, as well as the power of modest revelations—beautifully summed up in the book’s title, which is also a refrain in the text."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The light-toned palette of the relief-print illustrations allows the reader to find little Lizzie and active Cecile on each spread, and Hooper’s attention to detail encourages viewers to notice both the activities in the
foreground and the goings-on in the background."—The Horn Book