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Just Like Millie

Just Like Millie

By Lauren Castillo


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In a gentle story from Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, a shy young girl finds exploring her new city and making friends overwhelming—until a rescue dog helps her uncover the bravery that was always in her.

A young girl and her mother move to an apartment in a new city. Despite her mother’s efforts to take her out, the girl would rather play by herself in their cozy home—she feels just fine on her own. Introductions to children her age have her hiding behind her mother’s legs, and invitations to group activities have her in tears. That is, until she meets Millie, a rescue dog who is not too big, not too small, and kisses her arm when the girl nervously reaches out. With Millie, saying hello to new people isn’t so scary . . . and maybe making a friend isn’t either. Through emotionally honest prose and soft, expressive illustrations, Lauren Castillo explores one girl’s shyness and anxiety—and how one dog’s love helps her open up—in a warm picture book that reminds readers of how the right companion can make the world feel like a less frightening place.

About the contributor(s)

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many books for children, including Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. Lauren Castillo is also the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Nana in the City. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania—the setting of Just Like Millie—with her two rescue dogs, who helped her acclimate to the city when she first moved there.

Book details

ISBN: 9781536224818
Publisher: Candlewick
Date published:
Page count: 40
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Dogs, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ages: 3 to 7

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