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Thursday 2 February 2012

Review: Hamilton's Handstand

There is nothing more gorgeous than the friendship and love between a dog and its owner. Even more  special when that bond is between a dog and a child. A dog and child have the same beautiful faith in the world and unconditional love and loyalty. 
Holly and Hamilton are best mates and next week at Holly's school is the big talent show where Holly's dog Hamilton, is going to perform a handstand.

Holly tells ALL her friends about the fantastic handstands Hamilton does.

In Holly's living room Holly and Hamilton practise in front of the whole family. Everybody watches. Everybody waits ... but there is no handstand from Hamilton.

Holly's faith in Hamilton does not waver. "Hamilton, you are the cleverest dog in the whole world and tomorrow you'll do the best handstand ever. I know you will."

The stage is set with bright red curtains. Enter the presenter to introduce ... "Hamilton, the death-defying, highly dazzling hand standing dog!"

Everybody watches. Everybody waits ... but there is no handstand from Hamilton.

Holly isn't worried though. She steps out on stage and tells everyone just how wonderful Hamilton is. Later when she comes off stage she tells Hamilton not too worry. "Even if you are not a hand standing dog, to me you are still the best little dog ever."

What do you think Hamilton does now? Something very, very special, just for Holly. 

The dedication in this book is a statement we can all live our lives by. "Remember in life to try to be the person your dog things you are." 

Title: Hamilton's Handstand
Author: Dave Hackett
 Penguin, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: January 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143504351
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book