by Lisa M. Clouser
An animal -Izzy- is taken from its home and wakes in a pet store. Nobody wants to adopt him because he’s strange looking, but the other animals in the store encourage him not to give up. Finally, a family falls in love with Izzy, takes him home, and overnight he (and his life) transforms. Fiction, 38 pages, 565 word count. Ages 4-8 years.