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When Madeline Finn attends the Blessing of the Animals with Bonnie and Star, she learns that everyone has a gift inside, which they can share with the world. And one way that Madeline Finn can share her blessing is with the animals at her local shelter.
It’s a special day! Madeline Finn is taking Bonnie and Star to the Blessing of the Animals. When they arrive, they see dogs and cats. There’s even a goat!
Madeline Finn watches closely as the Reverend Mary Alice spends time with every animal, giving each one their very own blessing.
“How do you know what to say?” Madeline Finn wants to know.
“Everyone has a blessing inside,” Miss Mary explains. “A special gift to share with the world.”
When Madeline Finn receives a blessing all her own, she has a new mission: finding the blessings in others. Surely, the furry and feathery residents at her local animal shelter have lots of special gifts to share. They just need someone to believe in them—someone to set those blessings free.
About the Author
Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children’s books. She has received awards for both her writing and illustration, including a 2011 NAPPA Honor Award, 2012 Storytelling Award, and the 2013 PA Keystone to Reading Award. When not in her studio, she can be found in her garden chatting with birds, marveling at bees, and dreaming of her next literary adventure.
"To booktalk this one is to make a pitch for kindness, generosity, and love."—School Library Journal
"The illustrations have an aura of warmth and contentment. An appealing addition to Papp’s series of picture books about Madeline Finn."—Booklist
"This sweet tale is sure to appeal to animal lovers. . . . Another solid series entry that will have readers looking for the gifts in others."—Kirkus Reviews