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by

Wendy LaGuardia

illustrated by

Patricia A. Keeler Find the hidden dog bone

16 times in this book!


by

Wendy LaGuardia

illustrated by Patricia Keeler Summit Capital Publishing


Published in 2010 by Summit Capital Publishing, a division of Summit Capital Group Text copyright © 2009 and © 2010 by Summit Capital Group Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Summit Capital Group All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used, reproduced, stored, or transmitted, in any form or manner whatsoever, including electronic means, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. Summit Capital Publishing, P.O. Box 221, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970, www.wouldyoustilllovemeif.com ISBN-10 0-9844571-2-7 ISBN-13 978-0-9844571-2-0


To my children, Jamie and Ryan, whose love and spirit were my inspiration for this story. To Mom and Dad, for making me believe that all things are possible. To children everywhere, so that you may know how special you are and that half of achieving anything is believing that you can.


“Take that, you pirate!” Michael said as he chased the imaginary pirate through the room. “Good guys always win!” he shouted. Michael was pretending to be the captain of his ship.


“Uh oh,” said Michael as he looked all around the room. “Mommy, would you still love me if I made a big mess?” asked Michael.

His mother smiled and replied gently, “Yes, my dear one. I will always love you. This is a big mess. But messes can be cleaned up.”


Then she gave him a big hug and said, “One day you will see just how special you are to me.�


Michael began to play baseball. He practiced and practiced. It was the day of his very first game.

Swoosh! “Strike three, you’re out!” yelled the umpire. Michael got up to bat again. Swoosh! “Strike three!” yelled the umpire again. “Oh boy,” Michael said sadly.


“Mommy, I don’t think I’m very good at baseball. Would you still love me if I didn’t play as good as the other kids on my team?” asked Michael.


His mother smiled and replied gently, “Yes, my dear one. I will always love you. You are learning something new. You can do great things when you work hard and believe in yourself.” Then she gave him a big hug and said, “One day you will see just how special you are to me.”


As Michael grew older, he made more and more friends. It was a snow day! All the children came out to play. “Race you to the bottom!� yelled Michael as he slid down the slippery hill as fast as he could. Oh no! Crash!


“Mom, would you still love me if I broke something important?” asked Michael. His mother smiled and replied gently, “Yes, my dear one. I will always love you. Sometimes things break. But, don’t worry. Things can be fixed.” Then she gave him a big hug and said, “One day you will see just how special you are to me.”


Michael became a teenager. “This phone is the best birthday present ever, Mom!” said Michael. All day long, his friends called and texted. He was always there for them and never let them down.

One day, Michael couldn’t find his phone.


“Where’s my phone?” Michael cried out. He looked … and he looked … and he looked.


“Mom, would you still love me if I lost something important?” asked Michael. His mother smiled and replied gently, “Yes, my dear one. I will always love you. Sometimes things get lost. But, don’t worry. Things can be replaced.” Then she gave him a big hug and said, “One day you will see just how special you are to me.”


Michael was in high school. He liked school, especially his science class because they were learning about animals. Michael loved animals.


But sometimes Michael didn’t pay attention in class. And today was Report Card day. “Catch him!” Michael shouted as the frog jumped from his hands.


“Mom, would you still love me if I didn’t do well on my report card?” asked Michael.


His mother smiled and replied gently, “Yes, my dear one. I will always love you. You are a smart boy. All things are possible when you work hard and believe in yourself.” Then she gave him a big hug and said, “One day you will see just how special you are to me.”


Find out what happens to Michael when he goes off to college, moves away from home, and then returns to visit his Mom... an inspirational and emotionally-fulfilling ending!

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