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"Lucky" Paperback – November 5, 2011

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Combining art and heart with storytelling genius and a lilting twang, Judy Schachner's tale of unexpected friendship will delight readers young and old. Hardcover | Kindle book
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I have a BA from California State Fullerton, and during my time there I studied cildren's literature and myths from around the world. I have always connected with people who had to overcome physical probems in order to succeed. This led me to write"Lucky", a simple story about a dog named Lucky, who had to relearn everything after he lost a leg,helped by the love of a friend.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463777566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463777562
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,182,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, December 8,1950. I have been writing all my life and enjoy it more than anything. I have had articles published in the L.A. Times and have written over 100 songs with lyrics. I received a B. A. in Cultural Anthropology, learning about people and their searches for a deeper meaning in life. I also studied Children's Literature in college and learned about the different myths from around the world. I have worked in the early childhood area as a teacher and learned about children and their needs.
I have always felt a connection to those who have physical disabilities. Their courage and determination to overcome their obstacles in order to lead a happy and fulfilling life is what inspired the story "Lucky".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this tender tale by author, Craig Inglis, we meet a very special dog named, Lucky. This little guy was chosen by a kind man because he wanted someone to share his life with. Lucky certainly was, lucky, as his friend taught him many tricks and they explored many places together. They grew very close and loved one another dearly. One day Lucky was hit by a car and loses one of his legs, but fear not, Lucky learns that life can still go on, just as wonderful as it did.

This is a very great story. Right from the start you fall in love with, Lucky, he indeeds captures your heart. You will giggle as you see him learn to fetch, roll over and beg. The illustrations are great and really bring the little fellow to life, they captures the closeness between Lucky and his friend. Now when tragedy strikes and Lucky is hit by the car you do feel sad, but his master doesn't give up on him, or consider him useless, not in this story. Instead children will learn that if an obstacle confronts them in life, there may be ways to still come out a winner, with a little hard work and love. A very nice story with a great ending. Recommended.
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Can a terrier named Lucy bounce back from some bad luck. "Lucky" the illustrated children's book by Craig Inglis is a puppy tale any child will love. With an easy-to-read story and beautiful illustrations by Richard Kinsey, this uplifting, enlightening picture book shows children that they can overcome even the most challenging of problems with the love of friends and with plenty of determination. Positive and joyful, this highly original, instructive book will spark animal lovers everywhere, and show children the power of positive thinking in difficult times, such as a life-changing physical disability, through the triumphant story of a lovable, plucky dog named Lucky.

A man, no name, who lives alone, decides one day that he is missing something. He realizes he is lonely and decides to buy a dog. He checks the ads and the pet stores until he finds the perfect dog. He names the dog Lucky. The man and Lucky have a nice life together. They walk nearly every day and the man teaches Lucky new tricks. One day Lucky darts out into the street and a car runs into him. The man takes Lucky to an animal hospital and the veterinarian thinks Lucky's right front leg needs amputated. The man's perfect pet now has only three legs, not four. The man tells Lucky he loves him the same as he always did and he re-teaches Lucky the tricks he no longer knew and continues their daily walks again. Lucky, through determination and the man's encouragement and love, does even better than before. They are so happy together it, almost seemed they could fly.

A lonely man buys a dog, becomes smitten. The dog is injured and disabled. Still smitten, the man re-trains his dog, who recovers, and together they resume their normal life. That is the story.
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Looking for a children's storybook that tackles disabilities and explains that being disabled is not the same as being unable? Lucky is a book that teaches young children that dogs are dogs, regardless of abilities or disabilities, and the lesson applies to people, too. Written by Craig Inglis, with bright, amusing illustrations by Richard Kinsey, Lucky is a simple story that handily conveys an important message.

Lucky is about a man living in the big city who felt something was missing in his life and decided to buy a dog, finding one perfect for him at a pet shop. The man named the dog "Lucky," trained him, and considered him to be his best friend. One day Lucky breaks away, runs into the street, and gets hit by a car. Although the veterinarian is able to save him, Lucky loses a leg. "So the man took him home. He told him: `I love you just as much as ever.'" Lucky relearned his old tricks, doing them even better, and he and the man continued to be best friends and play in the park.

In addition to its disabilities theme, Lucky teaches children about animal hospitals and veterinarians. Despite Lucky's tragic accident, the story is positive and enjoyable for kids (recommended for children up to age seven). Encouraging for those who feel "different," for whatever reason, it also reminds kids that those who seem different may be just like everyone else.

As much as I like Lucky, I have one complaint. Lucky was bought at a pet store. With the millions of animals languishing (and being "euthanized") in pet shelters, it is disappointing that Lucky was not a rescue dog. Lucky promotes buying a pet at a pet shop to children, despite the fact that most pet shop animals come from puppy mills and are often in very poor health. Certainly this was not the author's intent, but the message "You can get a great dog like Lucky at a pet shop" is there.
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By Chels on January 4, 2012
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Perseverance and effort create success. Young children need to learn the good produced by these virtues and story time reading of Lucky will help. Adopting Lucky, a terrier dog, from an animal shelter was one of the best decisions the main character of the story ever makes. Then, Lucky is struck by a car. Lucky must undergo an amputation surgery and loses a front leg. Will Lucky recover? Love is enough to overcome Lucky's handicap. Life is still wonderful and Lucky's master never stops loving his pet.

This children's book is filled with good lessons. From the beginning, only loving acts and the products of effort are shown. One example of caring is Lucky's master adopting Lucky. The goodness that comes from work is shown by Lucky and his master training and learning tricks. When tragedy occurs, Lucky does not cower or stop trying. After losing a limb, Lucky immediately begins relearning how to move and is soon able to perform all his previous tricks and a new one.

Simple language and friendly pictures indicate that this book is meant for a young audience. Children can best appreciate Lucky. Small readers from age's three to seven will learn and love to read Lucky. The colorful illustrations and short sentences will keep a child's interest and maybe encourage independent reading. Parents should read this book with their children and encourage them to be like Lucky and his master. This picture book deserves five out of five stars. An excellent message, good storyline, and interest-capturing pictures merit recognition.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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