This illustration (2 out of 3) proved extremely difficult for me. I’m not sure exactly why; the shaded window, the folds in the car seat or the size of the piece in general perhaps.
Not only did the illustration create frustration, the words in the story also caused inner conflict. Unfortunately, we do still see people leaving dogs in cars or tied up outside shops. We hear of the tragedies that occur as a result. Theft and possibly death. Still, people continue to leave their companions.
I considered not including the section with Henry and Reese in the car at all. This book, however, is based on today’s realities and to teach children how to be safe. A ‘what not to do’ for adults is clearly the more difficult lesson. I changed this section of the book close to going to print. I had to have someone in the car with the pups! Thank you Jill for appealing to my better senses.