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- Print Length: 105 pages
- Publication Date: May 23, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BZ5WTLK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,734,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
As Good as Gold: A dog's life in poems Kindle Edition
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From the Author
"Still, what exactly goes through a dog's mind?What kind of questions do they ask themselves? How do dogs understandlife? When they look at a snail, for example, besides its scent, whatelse do they take in? And how does a dog feel when... a cat is suddenlyintroduced to the family?
"These questions stood behind the poems and haiku from As Good as Gold - as engaging as a tail wag."
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That is one of the fascinating things I found while reading this. The words were simple enough but put together in a way that you can imagine what is going on in them. One of my favorite poems was “Why, Cat?” I truly enjoyed this poem because we found kittens on our back porch in June and kept two of them. So my dogs’ world were brought upside down with the addition of these two, crazy critters. Furstenberg writes this poem in such a way that I can totally imagine this being my dogs’ reaction!
It starts off by talking about how the dog was the master of the house and everything was routine. Then all of the sudden a cat was entered!
“Routine was good, my life was planned,
Then cat showed up, my life got changed.
But since Mom brought her, I guess she’s in.
It then goes on to talk about the changes that were made since the cat entered the dog’s life. This is so accurate! At least in my case. My dogs were so not sure about these cats, but now they all love each other. They snuggle and play! She ends her poem in such a way (haha that rhymed).
“We share the bed; she’s soft and loves to cuddle.
We share the breakfast; I get the crust, she gets the bits of bacon.
We guard the home; day shifts are mine, she mostly guards at night time.
And turns out the her purring is not so bad, once you get used to…
So, welcome Cat.”
Most of the poems are found in this sort of nature. Is it correct? Are the stanzas set up properly? I don't know - I am not a poet critic so I cannot answer that fully. All I can tell you is that I enjoyed each poem and it reminded me of my dogs. I just wanted to go home and love them. I think that’s what poetry is supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be emotional, and affect everyone differently. I would say these poems were successful in describing the nature of man’s best friend and giving off a happy feel. If you are looking for something fun and light to read and are a lover of animals - I would suggest this poetry collection.
I have two great loves in my life, outside of my family, and that is books and dogs! Furstenburg captures exactly what makes dogs so very special. She gives us a peek into their lives and their connection to nature. I don’t usually read too much poetry, but I just adored this collection. The poetry I have read in the past hasn’t brought characters to life for me, but this one did. Each dog, cat, and animal was a character to me that I could see clearly in my mind as was each setting, whether in a home or out in nature.
Not only was this a book about dogs, it was a book about friendship and the importance of loving things different from yourself as was perfectly illustrated in the relationships between cats and dogs. People could certainly use a lesson in this! She also reiterated the loving relationship between dogs and people which certainly reminded me why I love my sweet Lab girls, Honey and Lily and why “in their hearts, they are as good as gold.”
If you are looking for a book to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart, you can’t go wrong with this little magical book of poetry! If you aren’t a dog lover or animal lover, Patricia Furstenberg just might make you one with this book of poetry!
As Good As Gold is a sweet, simple book of poetry that explores the world of dog’s from their own innocent and beatific viewpoint.
The book is split into sections, and I found the poems under Questions and Colours particularly appropriate for little ones just learning about nature, colours, seasons and wildlife.
All of the poems are suitable for animal lovers, obviously dog-lovers especially, and there is a joy in nature that permeates the whole collection: rain, frogs, long grass; Patricia Furstenberg is clearly a fan of the outdoor life!
My personal favourite was, appropriately, ‘Dog or Book?’, as an active pet discovers the pleasures to be found in my own favourite pastime! The Haiku section at the end is lovely as well, and got Minishine happily working on her own attempts.
This book would make a lovely gift for a dog lover of any age. It is a quick and easy introduction to both poetry and nature that sings with an innocent joy in life.
A yellow flower
No scent and no stalk either.
First spring butterfly.
– Patricia Furstenberg, As Good As Gold
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
I am a real dog lover and it was so wonderful reading poems about my favorite friend. I really enjoyed how Patricia brought other animals into the poems, too. I adore all the descriptive words about these other animals like pigeons, cats, frogs and more! I really felt like I was seeing things as my furry friends see them.
These poems are so relaxing and a wonderful read plus there are adorable photographs to view, as well. I really enjoyed them as an adult but they would be fantastic for reading to our children. They would really enjoy hearing all about the doggie antics.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book! I was so touched by so many of them because the author is a wonderful writer and made me feel all those warm, fuzzy feelings that animals bring to my heart.
I highly recommend this book of poetry and I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did, whether you're a dog lover or not. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author, Patricia Furstenberg
Top international reviews
The poems describe puppies in a variety of amusing situations as they investigate their surroundings in an effort to discover what life is all about, often getting themselves into trouble as their boundless and playful curiosity takes over. Each encounter is described through the thoughts of the puppy as he questions and muses on the variety of unfamiliar things he comes across during his daily investigations.
The colourful and descriptive style of the author and the antics of the puppies will draw young readers in, prompting thoughts and questions of their own as they read. The poems are ideal for opening young minds to the many different aspects of the world around them, from animals, and plants, water and colours, to the natural daily and seasonal changes and even more dangerous wonders like fire.
All in all, a lovely poetry book that would be perfect for adults and younger children to share.
I was laughing out loud in places, shaking my head "yes" at some of the antics and dog's thoughts depicted in this book. The author's insight into the dogs' mind is brilliant, it matches the experiences that I have had with my beloved dogs, present and past.
The book is light reading, the accompanying photos are a plus, amazing. Although this book has lots of laughs, it also gives insight and food for thought.
It is ideal for anyone who has ever loved a dog!