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A Different Little Doggy [Kindle Edition]

Heather Whittaker , Scott Alberts
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Being different doesn't have to be an obstacle, and in A Different Little Doggy, colorful, lively illustrations and a rhyming story line about a disabled dog teach children ages 4 - 8 to love themselves and others. It's an important lesson about acceptance and tolerance teaching children it is OK that we are different.

Taz is a dog whose life started out like any others, but she was soon faced with health challenges. For Taz though, each challenge is just another day. Her spirit and zest for life is uplifting, and her story teaches children (and adults) that it's OK to be themselves. In fact, if we can accept the differences of ourselves and others, life is fun.

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Being different in any area often times can rattle our world, whether it is with ourselves or others. However, if we realize that being different is not bad, merely a situation that simply needs understanding and tolerance. In this well written work by author, Heather Whittaker, we meet, Taz, a wonderful little dog. Taz shares her life with the reader from being small, to having pins put in to fix her knees, and even to going blind. Taz is not one to complain, feel sorry for herself, or blame others. No, she works to overcome and live her life to the fullest. What a gal and role modal she is. This is a wonderful book with top of the notch, colorful, and real to life illustrations that draw you right into the storyline. Using a love-able dog, our author shows how we should accept ourselves, and others for what and who we are. The story shows that just because someone may not be able to do all others can, does not make them less of a person (or doggy), nor would it make them less of a friend. It teaches acceptance and love in a warm and wonderful way. I enjoyed this read and feel it has a very important lesson for young and old, told in an upbeat and joyous manner, that will leave you feeling good inside. Well done! Recommended. --Midwest Book Review

Delightful! The story of Taz is the perfect introduction for children to become sensitive to the differences, as well as the similarities, in all of us. Taz teaches us that despite physical imperfection, life is full of happiness and fun! The beautiful illustrations enhance the story, giving a whimsical touch to a very important lesson. This is a book for every child, young and old. --Elizabeth Blackmon

Young children will love this story of a cute little doggy named Taz. For me, there were two messages here. The one that it's OK to be different, that's what makes us all unique in this world and we should celebrate our differences and be accepting of others. But, also the other message Taz had for us was that with perseverance and a positive attitude we can learn to overcome any obstacle in our lives and love ourselves the way we are! What a lucky little doggy. I enjoyed the rhythm of the words and the pictures were positively adorable. A good book for young children! --Kathy Sekerak

About the Author

Heather Whittaker is the author of A Different Little Doggy, Everything You Need to Know About Life Can Be Learned From A Dog, and The Tazie Effect; all books that teach various life lessons through stories about her dogs. Ms. Whittaker combines her love of animals with her own management experiences and life experiences to create memorable stories. In addition to writing, Ms. Whittaker is a motivational business speaker with a background that encompasses call center management, operations support, and quality assurance. She shares with groups and organizations of all sizes the amazing benefits of living your life Unleashed!

Combining 15 plus years of operations management experience, a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, and a love of nature, wildlife, and animals, she inspires audiences to live the lives they deserve through the principles of passion, people, and purpose. You can learn more about Heather and her canine friends at heatherwhittaker(dot)com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 10715 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Pen-Tech Professional LLC (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH8J08U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being different is okay August 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A Different Little Doggy is a heartwarming story about a dog who refused to give in to his disabilities. Taz, a 6-lb, blind, partially crippled Miniature Pinscher, is one of author Heather Whittaker's dogs, and this is his true story. Taz is smaller than most of his doggy friends, but he doesn't let his size or blindness interfere with his enjoyment of life - he just does things in a different way because of his differences. It's a marvelous story for both kids and grown-ups, told with rhyming text and colorful illustrations, and bearing an important lesson: Embrace your own differences, and accept the differences of others.

Don't miss the "Meet the creative team" section at the back of the book, where there's a photo of author Heather Whittaker and the real Taz, plus a photo and bio of illustrator Scott Alberts.

A review copy was provided by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and good message July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Endearing Taz is a dog with a positive attitude. Feeling like she looks different, suffering through surgery and blindness, through it all she finds the positive in her differences with her mantra, "Being different is ok."

Storyline and Illustrations: The storyline has an uplifting message, and the illustrations really made this book sparkle. They are semi-realistic with funny touches that my kids enjoyed. For instance, when Taz talks about going blind, the illustration shows her crossing the street with sunglasses and a cane. My favorite is when Taz is talking about being small, and she's hanging out in the hood of a human's sweatshirt. So cute!

With so much divisive feeling on the philosophical and political front, it's nice to read aloud a book about cheerful acceptance. 4.5 stars!

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(Disclaimer: I received a free book in exchange for an honest review and The Kindle Book Review is not associated with the author or Amazon).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tiny doggy with a ton of character August 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing you’ll notice about A Different Little Doggy, by Heather Whittaker A Different Little Doggy is that it looks wonderful.

This book's super-appealing illustrations clearly convey the tiny size of Taz, the dog who is the narrator and protagonist of the story. He’s based on a real dog, owned by the author, and you can practically feel and smell all the dogs and scenes in the pictures. They’re lifelike but also very humourous.

Honestly, the illustrations are eye-poppingly good. They grab you and suck you in.

The story is written in clear, age-appropriate language. The text is well laid out and my 6-year-old son listened carefully as the details of the dog’s challenges are revealed page by page.

However, I think these revelations left my daughter (age 9) and I more disturbed than inspired by Taz’s disabilities. I found the text oddly distancing; it takes a few pages to get into the rhythm of the book, teased in, I suppose, by the tantalizing smallness of the dog.

A few small language quibbles:

I was put off by the author’s repeated incorrect use of the phrase “different than.” (See this cartoon for an explanation of why it’s incorrect.) I also found the rhyme schemes forced and awkward, such as:

My ears make me look oh so cute and cuddly.
No matter how old, I still look like a puppy!

and…

Different dogs come in many different colors.
I am black, tan and white, which is different than some others.

Overall, there isn’t much story here, but the strength of the illustrations and the force of Taz’s personality sucked us in and kept us turning pages to see all the adventures of this super-cute canine.
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Format:Hardcover
A Different Little Doggy is a gentle picture book that addresses a child's curiosity and the inevitable questions she will ask when meeting someone who is different.

* Why is he in a wheelchair?
* Why does she have things on her ears?
* What are those metal things on his legs?

These are teachable moments when parents can use this book, written in whimsical rhyme by Heather Whittaker, to introduce acceptance, sensitivity and observe the differences in the world around their child. The book introduces Taz, a Miniature Pinscher, who undergoes knee surgery and, later, goes blind. Despite the setbacks, Taz exudes happiness and a joy for life that is reflected in warm illustrations by Scott Alberts.

While the publisher indicates the book's audience is ages 4-8, I recommend adding it to your bedtime reading rotation for younger children as well. This is a book your child can come back to many times and will appreciate again as an early reader.

On a personal note, we have two female dogs, a Minature Schauzer (Rosie) and a Cockapoo (Brandy) that have been a part of our family since before my eldest son was born. My sons, now ages 11 and 9, have grown up with these dogs as family members and, over the years, have learned to care for them, bathing, feeding and walking the dogs around our neighborhood. Now, in their twilight years, the dogs sleep most of the day, although, they excitedly wait at our front door when school lets out, listening for the boys. The dogs are a great blessing; my sons have practiced gentleness, patience and love for animals in caring for Rosie and Brandy.

Rating: Five stars

DISCLOSURE: This review was made possible courtesy of the author, who provided me this book at no cost in exchange for my independent and honest review. This book review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cute and original book.
Published 4 months ago by mary shaft
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this book
i loved this book. Although my children are adults, i bought the book with the offer, buy one get second one free. Two books were used as gifts to Veternarians. They loved it also. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shorebird
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Storyline
I own a minpin and heard about this book on one of the miniature pinscher blog pages. I was curious about it and ordered it. It did not disappoint me at all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for use in the elementary classroom.
I used this book in my third grade classroom to start a discussion about bullying. I would recommend it for this purpose, as well as it being a heartwarming story.
Published 14 months ago by Margaret A. Cardone
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
Wonderful book with a great message of hope. I purchased this book for a friends child and I will be many more.
Published 14 months ago by Shamus
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
I received 2 autographed copies of this book that I ordered for Christmas gifts. It is beautifully produced and lovely in message. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carol Fleming Chenoweth
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Doggy, but tremendous...spunk!
This is a delightful children's book. It shows how looking "different" doesn't mean we're unlike others. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kathleen Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Taz teach the Lesson!
This book is a must have for educators. I read this story to my class of first and second grade students. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul S. Orgas
4.0 out of 5 stars Read
I think it's a good story about accepting how one is different from someone else and it's ok to be differend.
Published 15 months ago by Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
My son loves the illustrations but is a little confused and saddened by the dogs health problems. The message of the book with ring true with older children a little better.
Published 16 months ago by James S.
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More About the Author

Heather Whittaker is the author of A Different Little Doggy, Everything You Need to Know About Life Can Be Learned From A Dog, and The Tazie Effect - 10 Leadership Principles for New Leaders; all books that teach various life lessons through stories about her dogs.

Ms. Whittaker combines her love of animals with her own management experiences and life experiences to create memorable stories.

In addition to writing, Ms. Whittaker is a motivational business speaker sharing with groups and organizations of all sizes the amazing benefits of living your life 'Unleashed'!

Combining 15 plus years of operations management experience, a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, and a love of nature, wildlife, and animals, she inspires audiences to live the lives they deserve through the principles of passion, people, and purpose.

You can learn more about Heather and her canine friends at www.heatherwhittaker.com.

Follow her on Twitter: @lifelessonsu

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