Title: Terrier in the TinselAnimal Ark #34 - Terrier in the Tinsel
Author: Ben M. Baglio
Illustrator: Jenny Gregory
Pages: 138
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★

Christmas comes to Welford!

The Story.

Mandy Hope is helping her grandparents decorate a ward at the Walton Cottage Hospital for Christmas. Once it’s covered with glitter and tinsel, it will be the perfect Santaland!

But there is unhappiness at the hospital. First there’s Mr. Percy, an elderly gentleman who suffered a nasty fall and who is now depressed. Then there’s Charlie, a young patient who loves dogs but can’t have one on the terms of his family’s apartment lease. Finally there’s the stray Jack Russell that hangs out in the hospital parking lot…

Can Mandy find a way to fit the three together for a memorable Christmas?


The whole story is centered around a secular idea of the celebration of Christmas. So, Mandy and her family decorate a “Santaland” room and have a man dress up as Santa for the children in the hospital to visit and submit gift requests to.

Conclusion. Less annoying than some other Animal Ark stories.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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