My mum has come to visit, and she brought this enchanting book with her, Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, by Janet Hill. It’s a collection of life lessons. “Some are practical, some are playful, one or two are a little unusual, but all are necessary for the raising of happy, healthy, well-mannered dogs (and humans).”

Lesson One: Friends can come in many shapes and sizes…Lesson Eight: Make-believe is food for the soul…Lesson Thirteen: With a Splash of imagination, anything can be fun. There are twenty lessons. Each is framed and presented with ‘real-life’ paintings of Miss Moon and her dogs. Everyday moments that are lively and vibrant. Red and green tones are predominant throughout, yet colour is various and bright. Miss Moon cares for sixty-seven dogs, many different breeds, and we get to meet them all in a Class Photo. Miss Moon is very proper, think Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, yet this book isn’t simply sense and sweetness, it’s quite funny. The dogs dress in costume and clothes, get up to mischief, and although I’m a cat person myself, the cat piñata in Lesson Twenty did make me laugh.

Our favourite of all Miss Moon’s Wise Words is, Lesson Six: A good book will chase away the dark. The background of our photo today is some of the stories we love, books that brighten our days.


  • Published by Tundra Books
  • 6-10 years
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