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A Dachshund's Wish Paperback – June 30, 2006

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Grade 2-4–Paws the dachshund has an impossible, wonderful dream. More than anything else in the world, he hopes to someday become a boy just like his owner. The pup imagines that life would be particularly sweet if he were able to walk and run on two legs just like Jimmy and his family. Then he could run faster, use his hands to play ball, and maybe even use a mitt! So when Paws hears that a mysterious character called The Great Mae can grant him his wish, he goes on a quest to find her. What he realizes, however, is that sometimes its great to be just the way you are. The book offers up an already familiar message without spending too much time on character or narrative, and it comes across as didactic rather than insightful. The thick watercolors are sometimes too simplistic. All in all, there are better early chapter books out there.–Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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"A charming, rollicking tale."  — (Entertainment Weekly) "A" review

"Perfect chapter-a-night choice for parents to read to younger children."  —
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Joe Tavano has succeeded in the impossible: getting inside the mischievous and madcap mind of a puppy dachshund."  —Michael Crewdson, author,
Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger

"Exudes a warm, loving feeling...[and] encourages self-acceptance, understanding, and tolerance of others."  —Adrian Milton, The Dachshund Friendship Club

"The oldest and most satisfactory message in the world: It's good to be who you are."  —Eva Ibbotson, author,
Which Witch?

“Joe Tavano is a great storyteller who gradually reveals the hidden secret in the dream of Paws, a loveable dachshund adopted by Jimmy and his family. Through twists and turns, Paws comes to understand that ‘just being Paws’ is a delightful and very powerful thing. His adventure through the primordial woods and encounters with aides moves quickly and deliberately to a conclusion that is happy and rewarding for Paws and the reader. Students will enjoy the tale for its sense of longing and magic, and teachers will find lots of opportunities to take advantage of the story for weeks! Our students and teachers loved it.”  —Mickey Landry, Head of School, Lafayette Academy Charter School, New Orleans, LA

“Our third grade teachers read the book [A Dachshund’s Wish] to/with their classes last year. They said that our students really enjoyed reading it because it was about a dog and many of them have dogs at home themselves. Also the book talked about the dog’s dreams and since ‘dreams’ are a big theme at our school, it was a story that everyone could get into including the teachers.”  —John Alford, CEO of Langston Hughes Academy Charter School, New Orleans, LA

“A Dachshund’s Wish
 captivated my heart the moment I started reading it. . . . It is a wonderfully crafted story. . . It offers parents a delightful opportunity to discuss the importance of self acceptance, tolerance for the differences in others, and the value of friendship and family with their children.”  —Jo Singer,

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minted Prose LLC; Illustrated edition (June 30, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 80 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 097442871X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0974428710
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 700L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 - 4
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.3 x 8.63 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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When Joe Tavano met the real Paws, they quickly became close friends. A Dachshund's Wish draws on Paws's reactions to the squirrels, birds and other wild animals in his backyard. Illustrated by Ji Yu, A Dachshund's Wish is Tavano's first children's book. Writing it was a wild departure from Tavano's professional life as a graphic designer and videotape editor. On the job, he creates audio and video programming for such television clients as Nickelodeon, NBC and Spike TV.

Tavano lives in New York City and has visited schools there to talk about his book and writing. He also does readings for children at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. "Nurses read most of the story and then I pop in to read the last chapter as a surprise," said author Joe Tavano."It's one of the best things I do."

Tavano hopes Paws helps children learn that both humans and animals share love and dreams, just as the real Paws did.

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