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Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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"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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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.
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!
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.")
Don't forget to believe in yourself and treat everyone you meet with the kindness we all deserve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So I checked this book out from the library thinking it was just another kids picture book based on one of the rescue dogs from Mike Vick's ring. I was wrong! Read morePublished 22 days ago by J. Brown
Not really what I was expecting, smaller than expected. Was a decent book but is more geared towards kids than adults which I guess I missed when I ordered it.Published 10 months ago by tazz
Cute little kids book. My two year old loves it. The book is big and he loves the big, glossy pictures inside of Audie and his friends.Published 17 months ago by Carissa
This children's book tells the tale (no pun intended)of Audie. She was one of the 40 Pitbulls rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lauren Theuerkauf
I did not know it was a children's book. I expected a full story for an ADULT who is serious about Animal Rescue and I thought this story would give me insight and help. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan Turner