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Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance Hardcover – May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802722725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802722720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 10.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Muñoz captures the dog's personality in frame after frame. Patent's text is straightforward, expertly providing just the right level of background and choosing kid-friendly details... Audie's inspirational story is a case study in rehabilitation, one sure to appeal to animal loving children."--Kirkus Reviews

"The fluid text is accompanied by Muñoz's beautiful photos of the dogs and people involved on their rescue....the book shows that dogs can be loved and rehabilitated no matter what they have gone through, and provides a wonderful lesson on second chances and forgiveness."--Cold Nose Magazine

"This polished photo-essay by frequent collaborators Patent and Muñoz will tug at the heartstrings of readers. Muñoz's crisp, candid photos include many endearing shots of Audie—both solo and interacting with humans and other rescued dogs. Bright backgrounds and captionlike commentary keep this uplifting and informational book lively." –Publishers Weekly

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While the events leading up to the rescue of Michael Vick's victims were terrible, the stories that followed are filled with hope, determination, and love on the part of both the dogs and the amazing people who have devoted so much time and effort on the animals' behalf.  I felt honored to meet Audie and his family and to experience his new loving and exciting world by his side.  I'm a sucker when it comes to dogs, and Audie won my heart right off the bat.  When my photographer, Bill, and I first arrived at the house, Audie barked and barked, then ran away, turned and barked again and ran away.  He just wasn't sure what to do about this strangers.  But within a half hour, he lay next to me on the couch, his head resting against my thigh as he slept, trusting me completely.  Who wouldn't fall in love?

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Highly recommended for dog lovers.
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This would be a great book to start planting the seed in the minds of younger people how horrible the crime of dog-fighting is, without being too scary.
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With all the negative hype out there about pit bulls this really gives a different perspective on the nature of these wonderful dogs.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was very happy to see this book. The story of Michael Vick's dogs and their recovery, so ably chronicled in Jim Gorant's The Lost Dogs has been brought to a format easily accessible to young children. The story of Audie is a great one to illustrate the miracle that occurred when a bunch of dedicated volunteers decided that a group of dogs that had never known love or caring were worth saving. This author does an amazing job of telling this story in words meant not to traumatize young dog lovers, but to inspire and offer hope.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and no young reader will look at the photo of a young dog cowering against a cement building or peering fearfully out of a cage without realizing the depth of the damage done to these dogs. They will also be able to find joy and smiles in the photos of Audie sitting next to his forever owner and playfully interacting with the other dogs from the Vick kennels. Much like in Gorant's book for adults, little attention is paid to Vick and his crimes, but much attention is paid to the dogs and the people who care for them.

For older readers, a timeline of the Vick case is included to offer up the basic facts and the reader is encouraged to visit the dog's blog. There is an information page for more information about pit bulls, and a suggestion for further reading section to direct readers to more information not only about pit bulls, but also about puppy training and the Canine Good Citizen program. This is an excellent choice for young dog lovers grade 2 and up. The reading level is easy, and the text is simple and direct. Recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessica L. Brothers on June 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at a book signing event with Audie and Linda (And Tim and Donna of BADRAP) in Berkley, CA. It was amazing to actually meet one of the Vicktory dogs. I got all four of them to sign my copy!
I read the book to my 4 and 2 year old sons that night, with only a little bit of Mom-editing on the first page. They know and understand that the sweet little dog they got to meet was rescued from a horrible situation where dogs were forced to fight or die. I didn't think they were ready to hear how terrified the dogs were. We've also talked about Oogy and all of the Vicktory dogs. We have a pit bull and my kids know some of their friends' parents are afraid of her.
This book was written very clearly and gently so as to not offer more detail than most kids need. I think it can open the eyes and hearts of children (and adults) everywhere. I highly recommend it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Neary on August 2, 2011
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Saving Audie is a wonderful continuation for the Vick pit bulls who survived their living hell and have found their one true family. This book is for younger children with the fantastic photographs and story, BUT everyone should read this about Audie! I had an adult friend read it and she just kept saying wow, with a smile on her face! A great nonfiction title I plan to use in my library for the students who love dogs and the life skills kids. I heard about this book at the Philadelphia ISTE conference---keep spreading the good word about these resilient dogs that just want owners who love them. Lots of great facts, visit the blog too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carin J. Reddig on November 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just got this book for my elementary library. It tells the story one of of the dogs saved from the Michael Vick dogfighting ring. The subject matter may be upsetting to some children (heck, it's upsetting to me) but the book is careful not to go into too much detail, beyond the most basic facts, about what when on at the Bad Newz Kennel. Still, I probably won't check this out to anyone younger than third or fourth grade. It brought tears to my eyes several times while reading it.

It is the story of one dog rescued from the "kennel" and the second chance he got for a happy life. He had to overcome some things but he and his new owners are now working to help other dogs overcome their problems. (Some related to dogfighting, some not.) The book talks a bit about the kind of dogs that are labelled "pit bull" and how it is people that have done so much to hurt the reputation of these beautiful animals. These dogs are naturally very intelligent and loyal. It is when they are mishandled by monsters like Vick that they become dangerous.

I hope anyone who reads this book will come away with an appreciation and compassion for these amazing dogs (and an understanding that Michael Vick should never be considered a "role model.")
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chrysta Bairre on December 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a great story to teach kids about kindness, compassion, and second chances! People and dogs who've suffered abuse sometimes act differently but they still deserve the opportunity to live a full and happy life. The rescued Vick dogs are an amazing example of the beautiful and resilient life spirit within us all. Sometimes all we need is a chance to shine.

Don't forget to believe in yourself and treat everyone you meet with the kindness we all deserve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ShezBear on November 20, 2011
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Beautiful pictures, great story - the ability of an abused dog to forgive and love is inspiring. Such a loyal and vastly misunderstood breed, highly recommend this for any dog lover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on July 5, 2011
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This is a phenomenal book for children and parents alike. It demonstrates perfectly, and with wonderful large and touching photos, what happens for little dogs who are forced to fight and how resilient they can be when they're given a second chance. This book has heady subject matter for children, but they understand intuitively, that dogs like Audie are victims of abuse, not innately aggressive beasts. They're that noble of all species: dogs. And they show us that as we follow their journey to their new happy, safe and loving lives.
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