"Marshall the Miracle Dog" is a wonderful story that can be read to the entire family. It is a tale of Marshall, a lovable little dog, which overcomes the cruelty of the world to find a nice home. Raised in a terrible situation, he is rescued by the Humane Society, and that changes his life forever. ...here is a wonderful book for you. We are proud to award Marshall the Miracle Dog" with the Dove "Family- Approved" Seal for all ages. --Donna Rolfe, Editor, The Dove Foundation
From NY Journal of Books: Okay. Not a dog lover. After having three children in quick succession, I was not interested in having one more thing in my life that I loved that could even remotely possibly get sick and die on me, thus killing me instantly. And yet, I have three dogs, one for each of them. It's the children s fault. So even if you are not an obsessive animal lover, here comes your warning: Take out the box of tissues. This one s a weeper. But also have handy some big balloons, a hooter, and cake in the shape of a bone because Marshall the Miracle Dog is a story celebrating a boundless hope, the kind of hope reflected only in the exuberance of small children and . . . well . . . dogs. . . . Speaking to the frailties and fears experienced by every child who has ever felt different or damaged, alone or neglected or worse Marshall the Miracle Dog is a story to be savored and read over and over again. The illustrations by Lauren Heimbaugh are soft detailed pencils so beautifully drawn they look photorealistic but for the apparent texture in the surfaces of color. The artist so captures the emotions of this dog as he evolves [SPOILER ALERT!] from a broken mess to a joyous family member that you could swear you ve met Marshall somewhere before. And you have. When love walked in the room. --Lisa Rojany Buccieri, New York Journal of Books
From Special School District of St. Louis County Missouri: When I read Marshall's story I felt the warmth of his voice and the love in his heart. I knew immediately it would completely capture the heart of children everywhere. I also knew the healing potential it holds for the children I serve. It is a story of hope, survival and true love. I believe that Marshall's miracle is yet to unfold. This story will rescue children who blame themselves for being bullied. It will be a salve for children who worry about acceptance and healing for children coping with physical or mental illnesses. Share this story with children and watch the miracles happen! Thank you, Marshall, for telling us your story. --Charlotte Nations, Special School District of St. Louis County
About the Author
Cyndi Willenbrock lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her two dogs Marshall and Mooshy. This is her first children s book and was inspired by Marshall s own true story and how his spirit and resiliency affect those around him. Cyndi started The Marshall Movement in order to give voice to the importance of teaching children anti-bullying and anti-animal cruelty amongst numerous other social issues facing our children today. Giving back has always been essential in Cyndi s own life and has carried that on to Marshall, thus having him trained as a Certified Therapy Dog in order to visit classrooms and children s hospitals and carry his life-changing message of not giving up five minutes before the miracle!