NORMAN,SPEAK! is a new addition to our picture book collection (Easy Fiction) and it is a winner!
It highlights empathy for animals. A young boy goes to the animal shelter to choose a dog and asks "Which one has been here the longest?" The boy's family is patient with their new dog, Norman, even though he does not seem to understand any commands.
It also is a multicultural delight. One day the family and their dog meet a Chinese man at a park, and Norman does exactly what the man says! The end result: the dog is smarter than its human adopters: when they try to learn Chinese, it is a humbling experience!