Fleabag is a tender children’s story told through the dog’s perspective. It’s a heartwarming tale about two kindred souls who form a special bond.
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Author and illustrator Helen Stephens made a splash with Fleabag, winning her an award in 2009. Tom Hardy sweetly read this book on the Cbeeies Bedtime Story television show.
“There was once a dog who had no name. What he did have was fleas, but they weren’t much company. He lived all alone in a big city and found his dinner where he could.”
Fleabag is a scruffy little dog with a heart of gold. He is lonely living on the cold, unforgiving streets of the city. He longs for someone to look past his flea ridden fur and bring him home. Will he ever find a person to love him?
One day while romping in the park he spots a little boy playing all alone. Fleabag understands loneliness all too well, so he befriends the boy and follows him home. An emotional dilemma ensues when Fleabag learns that his boy’s family is moving away. Will he find a forever home with his boy before time runs out?
I love the realism this children’s story offers. There are so many dogs just like Fleabag who yearn for a nurturing home. Yet, they are often overlooked.
Fleabag is a sweet tale of friendship and love. The muted illustrations truly evoke your emotions with each turn of the page.
Have you read Fleabag with your child? I’d love to hear about in the comments below.
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