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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard

Some stories touch your heart.

For me, if the story involves an animal facing adversity, I am a blubbering mess.

Gobi, A Little Dog with a Big Heart, is a true story that I have recently found and just fallen in love with.

Within the first few pages, readers will meet a little lost dog. She is alone in the desert without anyone to call her own. The little dog is searching for something, but she doesn't seem to be finding her way.

Life changes for the little dog when one day lots of people start running by. Unaware that the people are racing in one of the toughest, multi-day, foot races across the Gobi Desert, the little dog decides to join along.

It is through her curiosity, that the little dog runs into a racer named Dion. The two quickly become fast friends, and they continue the race through the Gobi Desert together.

It is Dion who decides to name the little lost dog, Gobi, to remember the journey the two have ran alongside one another.

As the days of the race pass on, Gobi and Dion friendship deepens and turns into a love that both of them cherish.

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a picture book that I will be adding to my classroom mentor texts this upcoming school year. The story is engaging and so full of meaning. Students of all ages will fall in love with Gobi right alongside Dion.

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