From the School Library Journal - "K-Gr 3 "Look at me!" Hanni, a Seeing Eye dog, explains who she is and her responsibilities as she introduces readers to her partner, Beth, who is blind. Vigilance is stressed throughout the book, and when Hanni talks about "keeping us safe," readers know that she is speaking as part of a team. Although there is plenty of information about what a Seeing Eye dog does and does not do when at work, this is predominantly a story about relationships: Hanni's relationship with Beth, with other dogs, and with the world at large as she navigates her partner through it. The pictures are painted in oil and have a soft focus. There are two sets of notes at the end one from the point of view of Hanni, which describes her training as a puppy, and one from Beth, which explains how she became blind and her decision to get a Seeing Eye dog. These are accompanied by black-and-white line drawings that are much more playful in tone than the rest of the book. A list of online resources is appended. The book is also available in braille. An upbeat and inspiring selection..." Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA for School Library Journal --School Library Journal
My children's book publisher, Blue Marlin Publications, teamed up with Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a non-profit organization in Michigan that creates Braille books for kids who can't see. Blue Marlin didn't charge Seedlings a penny for the rights to publish the book in Braille. So my book will be available in both formats!
Not only that, but Blue Marlin Publications is donating a portion of the sales of Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound to Seedlings so they can continue creating books in Braille for kids who need them. By producing Braille books for children, Seedlings helps promote "literacy for the blind," providing visually impaired children equal opportunity to develop a love of reading.
With Safe & Sound available in Braille, I'll be able to read it aloud at my presentations, too.See all Editorial Reviews
My students loved it, especially when Beth and her new seeing eye dog came to our class. They were a hit!Published 1 month ago by B. Erbe
Bought this to get it signed by the author for my niece and it already had a hand-written dedication from a grandma that bought it for her grand-daughter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sara R Adler
The story is important in teaching children about the role of guide dogs. Adults could stand to learn these lessons as well.Published 13 months ago by Gordon's Creek Press, Inc.
This was an amazing story about Beth and her dog Hanni, written from Hanni's perspective. My first graderes loved the simplicity of the story and the illustrations, and learned so... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by reader & teacher
This picture book is the delightful story of a blind woman and her seeing-eye dog. Beautifully illustrated, appropriate for early elementary-age children, filled with compassion... Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by Jeanne M. Moran