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Book Review: How Smudge Came – by Nan Gregory

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Book: How Smudge Came
Author: Nan Gregory
Illustrator: Ron Lightburn
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Date: December 12, 1995
Genre: Children's picture book
Pages: 32, hardcover and paperback
Price: may have to find used copies, so price varies from 
less than $1 used, to up to $19.50 in very good condition
My rating: Such a sweet story with fabulous illustrations

 

How Smudge Came is a gorgeous hardcover book I purchased (unused) at the children’s book fair last year. The author wasn’t there, but I met the illustrator again, Ron Lightburn, whose work is fabulous. I reviewed his picture book here.

Look at the cover illustration of How Smudge Came. That immediately drew my attention to this book. The illustrations throughout are soft and beautiful, created with coloured pencils.

While walking home from her work at the hospice one cold rainy day, Cindy finds a little puppy and tucks him into her bag. She knows she’s not allowed pets so she sneaks him into her room at the group home, and the next day she hides him in the large pocket of her cleaning apron so he can stay with her while she works.

Residents at the hospice enjoy the puppy, but things turn sour for Cindy when he is found. The puppy, whom Cindy named Smudge, is taken away from her and given to the SPCA so a good home can be found for him. Cindy is very upset and determined to get him back, so with help finds where they took him. Things don’t go quite the way Cindy had in mind, though.

At first the reader will not pick up on the fact that Cindy is a young adult with Down Syndrome. She has a cleaning job and is able to travel by bus alone, and has the respect and appreciation of the people around her. The way Cindy is portrayed through how she speaks and the illustrations of her, children will understand how she feels. It’s easy to care about Cindy and Smudge.

This story is sad, but hopeful, and is told by Nan Gregory in such a gentle way with soothing illustrations by Ron Lightburn. The ending is very satisfying.

How Smudge Came won Mr. Christie’s Book Award for Best Canadian Children’s Book, won a B.C. Book Prize, was honoured as an “Our Choice” selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and was on the American Bookseller’s Pick of the Lists.

You can find How Smudge Came on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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My puppy had a birthday!

Here it is October already and I didn’t mention my little Meyya’s birthday! As you will recall, Meyya is my little Schnoodle puppy. Well, technically, she is no longer a puppy, but she is so small she is easily mistaken for one.

Here is Meyya when we were on the way home with her, November 30, 2013  …

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She was almost ten weeks old – but so tiny, not much over two pounds.

Here she is in December 2013, her first Christmas …

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Minnie Nov 30'13

 

 

 

 

 

 

She soon outgrew that little red sweater so my knitting friend made a larger pink one for her.

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Meyya is good about having baths. So funny all fuzzed up!

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She can stretch right out of that little bed now when she wants to – the same one I bought for her and brought her home in – but she usually enjoys curling up in it as she likes being snuggled up at night. During the day she often wrestles it around the house and sometimes flips it over to sleep on it.

 

001Meyya “grew and grew” and at eleven months of age she weighed  …  six pounds six ounces.  Not very big, is she? So, I guess she only “grew.”  🙂

Here she is after her very first grooming, in February. Her coat was soft and fluffy then.

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Here she is on her first birthday, September 23, 2014, after her monthly grooming. Her adult coat is a poodle coat, so in order to keep it soft and manageable to brush/comb, and not knot as poodle coats tend to do, I keep it short and tidy.

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She’s never been too sure about those grooming appointments, because, although she loves people, she is more happy with me around. I receive a report card for her after each time and she has progressed well. I also weighed her again and .. guess what! She now weighs a whopping … six pounds six ounces! That’s right, she didn’t gain anything in that last month, so it seems she may have reached her full size.

Using her phone, my daughter took a picture of Meyya on her birthday and photo-shopped it a bit, then sent it to me. Isn’t this cute? 🙂

Princess Meyya, Sept '14So … Happy First Birthday to my little Meyya!

I hope you enjoyed some of the highlights of her first year.

Thank you for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

My Schnoodle puppy .. update

IMG_0645 IMG_0704IMG_0716 IMG_0724Remember Minnie, my baby Schnoodle? This is her   —> the day I brought her home November 30. December 3 she weighed 2.2 pounds (997.90 grams)   The next three images are of her this past week. She now weighs 2.9 pounds (1 kg 315.42g)

 

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Is she adorable, or what?!

The red sweater is the smallest I could find and it fits her well for now.

Did you notice the little bell on her collar? The first very small collar I bought her she was able to slip right out of so I got another one I could adjust smaller – and it’s loose. It already had a bell on it, which I am glad of because I was afraid I would lose her in my house!

Minnie loves the snow. She is funny when she gets playful in it, rolling around, doing a face plant, and then pushing the snow with her little nose. Right now, since we got freezing rain last night and today, she can trot along on top of the crusty snow and not leave the slightest impression, she is so light. The slippery layer does make it harder for her to climb the snowbanks, though, as she slides backwards to where she started. 🙂

That’s all for now. I will be sharing more about Minnie later.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!