After Dori`s parents get divorced, the family dog, Nanny, becomes even more precious to her. And when her mother brings her "new man" home, Nanny is the one constant factor in a changing household. Gabi, the new man, dislikes dogs, especially the ones that chew shoes and can't be taught to be good. Nanny's future is uncertain, and Dori is made responsible for the dog's behavior. Perhaps Gabi won't tolerate little girls either? Dori is resentful and afraid for Nanny, despite the adults' efforts to win her round. Gabi will have to prove that he accepts the dog before Dori can relax and feel secure. And prove it he does. When Nanny is injured in a car accident, it is the new man who is sensitive and encouraging, and his honest concern for the dog wins Dori's trust.
Don't Banish Nanny received an Andersen Citation (IBBY Honor List, 1979) and the 1979 Bernstein Prize for children's literature.
Illustrations: Avner Katz.