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A Dog Named Christmas Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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''Todd may be challenged intellectually, but his emotional abilities shine . . . (narrator) Mark Bramhall captures the exuberance of Todd's love for family and animals, blending it perfectly with the youth's speech impediment in a way that conveys respect and reality. Bramhall also tunes in to Todd's father's pervasive sadness, which has never left him since his tour in Vietnam, during which his own beloved dog died waiting for him to come home. While there are a few tears during this production, there are more smiles of understanding and love, making it a perfect holiday audiobook.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
About the Author
GREG KINCAID, when not writing, is a practicing lawyer, specializing in divorce and family law mediation. He lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife, three horses, two dogs, and two cats.
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Target Audience/Genre: Family members who love dog stories will love this Contemporary Fiction novel.
Amazon Kindle Sales Rank when this review was posted: 357,520.
Language: Plain English, suitable for all ages.
Many folks will recall this story was also made into a film showing on Hallmark Channel. Just as it was a hit movie for families, this is a story I find it impossible to believe anybody won't love.
Trying to avoid spoilers, I will try explaining just why I found this to be not merely a good, solid heart-warming tale for the present, but a classic tale for the ages.
Just as with any great tale, there is a story within the tale. And, the story arc is the growth of both central characters.
But, it isn't the plot that is key here. Rather, it is the maturing not only of the son AND of the father. Indeed, the son seems to, at times, be the mentor to the father.
Any of us who has ever raised a child will love The Dog Named Christmas because it is a story of an all American family in the rural heartland of our great country.
Hayley smiled. “Probably out with a handler for a walk or grooming.”
"We do lots of things, Todd, to help the animals be adopted. You might notice that we never allow their waste to stay in their cages. We’ve learned that people will walk right by a cage that has been fouled and that’s not fair to the dog, is it?”
"No.” Todd shook his head.
"We also have learned that people won’t adopt a dog that is too scared. So we work a great deal with frightened dogs so that they welcome visitors. We all know that people pick dogs based on how they look. Polly, for instance, was here for thirty-nine days. Forty days is a very important date for these dogs. They really need to be adopted by then. When Polly was still here after thirty-five, we were worried. She was a very happy and friendly dog, so we called a lady here in town, a volunteer groomer. She came in and gave Polly a haircut, a shampoo, and bought her a brand-new collar with a pink ribbon on it. She did a great job. Yesterday was Polly’s thirty-ninth day and…”—she grabbed Todd’s arm excitedly—“ someone adopted her this morning! So, Polly is at her new home.”
I was hoping that Todd would not ask the significance of forty days...
This is a classic that ranks well among the likes of Fred Gipson's Old Yeller. Although the Hallmark movie was terrific, the Kindle book with Audible narration (perfectly narrated by Mark Bramhall) is one of my all time favorite stories. I hope Greg Kincaid's book Christmas With Tucker.