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The Life & Times Of Baxter The Bat Dog Hardcover – March 30, 2005


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About the Author

CAROLLEE WAGONLITE, pen name for writer/producer Gloria Shepherd, has devoted much of her life toward the rescue, rehabilitation, and proper placement of dogs, cats, horses, and waterfowl. She resides with her husband outside Denver, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: High Seas Pub; 1ST edition (March 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974209384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974209388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author shares Baxter's emotions and love with the reader.
Lucille Bowman 20-yr elementary school teacher & mother of 7
It gives the message that all living things are precious and that when you love something unconditionally, it loves you back in the same way.
C. Hambel
Written in simple English whether a child is reading or being read to, equal enjoyment can be found in both the pictures and prose.
S. Hudson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Sailors on May 1, 2005
I have just completed reading and reviewing the book 'The Life and Times of Baxter the Bat Dog".

I am a pet owner myself, having a black long haired cat named 'Baxter' and a dog also rescued from the animal shelter named 'Aussie' - who is part Border Collie and part Australian Shepherd. I loved the dialogue between Baxter, Cinnamon and Pearly-Mae.

I think this book will serve it's purpose well, with children of all ages. The message is clear that we are all loveable, no matter that we are not 'perfect'. This should especially reach children with physical handicaps, or who have been abandoned, or adopted. It will even impact the child who is always picked on for having 'big ears' or other less-than-perfect physical features.

It is also important to note the gifts that our pets give back to us, the unconditional love and devotion, companionship, gratitude, and genuine happiness to see us each day, or the physical Christmas gift that Baxter gave his owners. When a pet is adopted from an animal shelter or an animal rescue group, the bond that is created between the pet and the owner is one of the strongest attachments I have seen.

I am grateful to Carollee for writing this book, and also benefiting the various animal charities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. on March 30, 2009
The story of Baxter the Bat Dog is a truly gentle way to discuss a sensitive issue. My audience of toddlers were surprised as the story began with Baxter being left behind by his owners moving to another house. The book provided us the chance to talk about things that really happen and to celebrate the eventual happy ending for the 'easy to love' little dog. Written as three short chapters, I read each section as a separate story. This made the discussion continue and the little ones even asked for more about Baxter when I finished the book. It gave us a starting point as we discuss how we care for our pets and why every animal is loveable for many different reasons. The story flows smoothly and the illustrations are enjoyable and uncomplicated. There are enough details in each picture to talk about the page beyond the written words. Our family favorite was discussing the good relationship that Baxter enjoys with his new owner's two cats. Last, but not least, the purchase of this book helps provide other homeless animals with the possibility of a similar happy story. I suggest that you buy more than one. It is a wonderful gift for any special occasion or in my case "just because".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deven Vasko on August 26, 2005
"The Life & Times of Baxter the Bat Dog" is probably one of the sweetest stories I've ever enjoyed reading to my children. This beautiful children's book is actually three short stories about the cutest little bat dog named Baxter.

* The first story tells of how Baxter finds a new family after being abandoned. This first meeting between the reading and Baxter is precious. His eagerness to embrace life endears him to your heart.

* The second story is Baxter's first Halloween. His kindness in remembering to share his treats with his new family is a wonderful life lesson for children.

* The last is Baxter's first Christmas. His desire to give his new owner a special gift is reminiscent of the "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.

Carollee Wagonlite is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller. Baxter's sweet spirit shines through the story with gentle grace. "Baxter" is based on a real-life little dog and his adventures. How such a sweet little baby was abandon is hard to understand but I can only rejoice that he was adopted by the Wagonlite family and through this book shared with us all.

The illustrations of Oswaldo Rosales are charming. Baxter's personality and joy of life was easily seen by children. I often find my toddler studying the pictures and giggling.

I have given "The Life and Times of Baxter, the Bat Dog" five stars! Not only did I love the stories and illustrations, but my preschool children did. And although the real-life Baxter is no longer living, we hope to see more adventures soon.

Reviewer name: Deven D. Vasko
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathlene W. on March 17, 2005
After reading this delightful children's book and being impressed with thisstory written by Carollee Wagonlite, I decided I would read it to 3 of my 5grandchildren and get their feelings and reactions to it. My 5 yeargranddaughter, Kassidy, and 4-1/2 year old grandson, Chase, really got excitedwhen I read this little book to them. I was touched to see their reactionwhen Baxter was left behind by his previous owners, but then united withanother loving family who adopted him and showed him the love and affectionhe was needing. My grandson Chase really got into the part about the SchoolHalloween party that Baxter attended - as Baxter really looked every partlike the little Bat Dog he was. I could see the excitement on my grandkids'faces as we read thru the 3 stories in this book. I felt they tooexperienced the feelings of love, sharing, kindness and devotion that thisbook exhibited. Even my 9 year old granddaughter, Dominique, watched meread the book to her sister, and then asked if she could read every otherpage with me. It was special as she to wanted to help me in reading thisbook to her little sister. Dominique, Kassidy, and Chase wanted totake the book home with them, but I said I wanted to keep it at my house,so that we could read it again when they came to visit. The next time mygrandson came to visit, guess what he wanted me to read him, "The Life &Times of Baxter the Bat Dog!" Thank you, Carollee, for creating such a tenderChildren's book.
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