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Guide Doggie: Learn How Guide Dogs Help The Blind In This Coloring Book Paperback – November 8, 2012
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"Daniel Saynuk does a wonderful job in his book, "Guide Doggie: Learn How Guide Dogs Help the Blind In This Coloring Book." He helps the reader understand the importance of a guide dog and the benefit he provides to someone who is blind. The dogs start training as puppies, and through hand signals, voice commands, rewards and praise the owner can help the dog to know what they would like for them to do. The dog is trained to be very sensitive to the owner and to offer protection. They must remain focused even when other animals or people are trying to get their attention. They are trained so that the owner is dependent upon them and needs their full support. The owner in return offers lots of praise, as well as treats and brushes the dog's fur. ??This book not only offers a very well written story, it is also a coloring book and fill-in-the-blank book. At the end of the book is a crossword puzzle, a word search and a word jumble puzzle. This would be a very entertaining book for a child to work through as well as provide valuable information concerning the duties of a guide dog and their benefit to someone who is blind.?"
About the Author
Legally blind writer Daniel Saynuk has a special fondness for guide dogs. His own beloved guide dog helps him more easily live his life in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland. Daniel began writing stories while pursuing his Business Administration degree, and established his own company to bring this book to life. He is passionate about educating others about the valuable services guide dogs provide to the visually impaired.
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The pictures are great, the words are easy to understand for a child of any age and to top it off, it's based on a subject that many children aren't fully aware of.
As a mother of two children, I know that my children have never encountered a guide dog, which I¡¦m sure is the case in many families. While preparing to write this review, I read this out loud to my five and three year olds. After, they wanted to send our dogs away to learn how to be a guide dog at guide dog school. :) I also love this coloring book because it allows parents to interact with their children while coloring.
One important thing that Saynuck emphasizes on--which is very important for children to know--is that guide dogs aren't supposed to play or be touched while on their job as guide dogs. The exact words were:
"So if you see a dog guiding someone please remember...don't pet me or talk to me because I'm doing my job guiding my friend so he or she can stay safe wherever they need to travel."
The whole coloring book is done in the perspective of the guide dog teaching the children, which makes it even easier for a child to understand. Not only is the coloring book geared towards a child's brain, but it also tests their memory skills by duplicating the story with spaces where words need to be filled in. If the child is too young to write in the words themselves, parents can do this as you re-read the story to your child. The pictures are the same as well, which aids their memory in remembering what the word missing should be, while also allowing them to color the same picture twice. At the end, there's also a crossword puzzle, word search, a word jumble, followed by the keys with the correct answers.
I would recommend this to all parents with children, and even those educators that teach small children. This coloring book not only teaches about guide dogs, but teaches a little bit about dogs in general for children that might not be familiar with dogs at all.
My little ones absolutely love it, and I especially think this is a perfect way to help them understand abut blind eople, people with disabilities, and seeing eye dogs. Just another reason for them to love dogs:)
We learned a lot from this coloring book, and they all had a blast with the story, the coloring pages and the puzzles.
Guide Doggie is actually a good coloring book for all ages. We have 4 children, ages, 2, 6, 9 and 20. (and a granddaughter who is 7 months!) Aaron, our 9 year old, loves crossword puzzles, word searches and word jumbles, so he had a lot of fun with those, and learned a bit about what happens in a guide dogs' regular, very busy day.
Our youngest 2 of course loved the story and enjoyed learning all about this little puppy who grew up and trained to be a guide dog. The coloring pages were a super cool bonus too!
We love finding new things to do together as a family, and we often have craft night, cooking night, and learning nights, and reading time. So, this was a huge success and fit right in.
I believe this to be a perfect addition to any rainy day, or if you have a night during the week where you sit together after dinner and learn something or create something together as a family. (Adults will even learn from this too!) We had a fun evening with snacks and this story.
The most beneficial part to me, (a mom), is that this is fun for all ages, it leads to having quality time with your children, and they can help tell the story and it also leads to some great discussions. They also now know a lot about seeing eye dogs, and how they help blind people, and although we don't see guide dogs to often where we live, they will know all there is to know when they do, and I think it is wonderful that they can understand.
One of the most embarrassing things I think, to a parent, is when your curious kids are out and about and they may see something they aren't to sure of, and they ask questions a bit to loudly. (Not that they are being rude in any way, but they do sometimes tend to wonder a little to loud about things they don't know, which is how they learn of course. We just wish they would do it a little bit quieter;) But after sharing this coloring/puzzle/story book, they will be super happy to see a real life seeing eye dog, and maybe they can help other children understand just how amazing these people and their guide dogs really are!
Actually, our 6 year old was trying to explain to me why she thinks she needs one of these little doggies, lol, that was an amusing conversation. But it also led to more discussions about people with disabilities and all of the wonderful resources out there for people and how people can help each other. She did try to say she couldn't see me "so good" and thinks she needs glasses, (actually she does have a vision test in a couple weeks), but she thinks, "If you just get me one of these little puppies, I should be able to see pretty good!" Kids are funny little people;)
We all recommend this book to everybody of all ages! This would be especially helpful if you have a friend or a classmate or a family member who is blind. I wish there would be more coloring and activity books such as this for other disabled people, or anybody who society may see as "different". The more kids understand, the better they will be when they do meet people who may be "different" then them, (I just wish more adults would be so accepting and gracious too!)
** We received a copy of this book in return for our honest review **