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Extraordinary Jane: 06/26/16
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison is the story of a bichon frisé who lives with a circus. All the other dogs there are extraordinarily talented. But she's just Jane and she feels left out. She's worried that the ring leader will stop loving her if she can't learn a trick.
The circus is rendered in bright, primary colors, with the dogs doing all numbers of amazing tricks. Imagine cirque du chien. And there is Jane trying her best to pick up a trick and failing. There's a good mix of humor and pathos here.
Families are about unconditional love. As they should be. What Jane gets to learn is that she's a valued member of the family, not because she can do tricks, but because she's Jane.