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Gaston

by Kelly  DiPucchio
Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Published by Atheneum, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒424-51025

Ages 4-8

Mrs. Poodle is the proud parent of Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. The first three are spitting images of their mother. And Gaston well, he clearly comes from different stock. Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La are poofy and puffy and the size of teacups, while Gaston is solid and stocky and as big as a teapot. But if being dainty and delicate and neat like their mother doesn抰 come as easily to Gaston, he always 搘orked the hardest, practiced the longest, and smiled the biggest. Then the family meets Rocky, Ricky, and Bruno, three stocky, solid bulldog pups, and their poofy, puffy sister, Antoinette. 揑t seems there抯 been a terrible mistake, says Mrs. Bulldog. And so the two puppies trade places. The problem is, 揂ntoinette did not like anything proper or precious or pink. And Gaston didn抰 like anything 揵rutish or brawny or brown. Kelly DiPuccio抯 delightful romp gets even better as the pups return to their original families, and eventually have pups of their own who are encouraged to be whatever they want to be. It抯 a tongue-in-cheek look at nature versus nurture, but also an affirmation of being true to oneself.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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