Ted and Ned by Wendy Sura Thomson
Review 4 star
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Ted and Ned is a children’s picture book in rhyme. Written by Wendy Sura Thomson, it follows the journey of an ordinary boy named Ted who experiences the joy of finding a pet of his very own. Ted longs for a dog but has no specific plans on how to get one. While biking into the woods with his friend Mike he stumbles on a puppy abandoned in a big black bag. Ted falls in love with the wet-nosed, golden dog immediately, christens him Ned, and takes him home at once. His mother makes sure he’s really serious about caring for Ned, and Ted is sure he can do it. He and the puppy have developed a close bond in a very short time. Ned is here to stay.
Ted and Ned is good for those kids who are clamoring to have a pet. It’s also a nice tool to use to introduce the idea of a new pet to a small child who hasn’t considered this concept yet. Whether they get a dog or not in the immediate future, the experience of hearing Ted’s adventures in Wendy Sura Thomson’s story read aloud will pull them into that moment of instant, wonderful connection that finding your own dog is all about. As a dog owner myself, I warmed to lonely little Ned and how he found a new home with an eager child. Loyalty and long-term commitment are essential for a good pet owner and Ted’s laid-back personality and deep affection for Ned are easy for kids to claim as their own. A story that is delightful for anyone who looks forward to having a dog very soon.
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