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"Lucky" Paperback – November 5, 2011

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I have a BA from California State Fullerton, and during my time there I studied cildren's literature and myths from around the world. I have always connected with people who had to overcome physical probems in order to succeed. This led me to write"Lucky", a simple story about a dog named Lucky, who had to relearn everything after he lost a leg,helped by the love of a friend.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463777566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463777562
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,722,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Inglis created a lovely story that is complemented by nicely done illustrations created by Richard Kinsey. This is a sweet story about how the lives of a man and a dog got intertwined by a strong sense of friendship and companionship. One of my favorite things about this, is that it can be used as a tool to teach kids about compassion and empathy.

Colors are really pretty and character design is interesting. Illustrations have a style of their own that effectively complements the story.

I recommend Lucky and my little girl too. She loves to browse the illustrations and listening to the story.
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In this tender tale by author, Craig Inglis, we meet a very special dog named, Lucky. This little guy was chosen by a kind man because he wanted someone to share his life with. Lucky certainly was, lucky, as his friend taught him many tricks and they explored many places together. They grew very close and loved one another dearly. One day Lucky was hit by a car and loses one of his legs, but fear not, Lucky learns that life can still go on, just as wonderful as it did.

This is a very great story. Right from the start you fall in love with, Lucky, he indeeds captures your heart. You will giggle as you see him learn to fetch, roll over and beg. The illustrations are great and really bring the little fellow to life, they captures the closeness between Lucky and his friend. Now when tragedy strikes and Lucky is hit by the car you do feel sad, but his master doesn't give up on him, or consider him useless, not in this story. Instead children will learn that if an obstacle confronts them in life, there may be ways to still come out a winner, with a little hard work and love. A very nice story with a great ending. Recommended.
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Can a terrier named Lucy bounce back from some bad luck. "Lucky" the illustrated children's book by Craig Inglis is a puppy tale any child will love. With an easy-to-read story and beautiful illustrations by Richard Kinsey, this uplifting, enlightening picture book shows children that they can overcome even the most challenging of problems with the love of friends and with plenty of determination. Positive and joyful, this highly original, instructive book will spark animal lovers everywhere, and show children the power of positive thinking in difficult times, such as a life-changing physical disability, through the triumphant story of a lovable, plucky dog named Lucky.

A man, no name, who lives alone, decides one day that he is missing something. He realizes he is lonely and decides to buy a dog. He checks the ads and the pet stores until he finds the perfect dog. He names the dog Lucky. The man and Lucky have a nice life together. They walk nearly every day and the man teaches Lucky new tricks. One day Lucky darts out into the street and a car runs into him. The man takes Lucky to an animal hospital and the veterinarian thinks Lucky's right front leg needs amputated. The man's perfect pet now has only three legs, not four. The man tells Lucky he loves him the same as he always did and he re-teaches Lucky the tricks he no longer knew and continues their daily walks again. Lucky, through determination and the man's encouragement and love, does even better than before. They are so happy together it, almost seemed they could fly.

A lonely man buys a dog, becomes smitten. The dog is injured and disabled. Still smitten, the man re-trains his dog, who recovers, and together they resume their normal life. That is the story.
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Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts: I like the illustrations because they are colorful. I like the tricks that the owner taught the dog. I was happy the dog lived after the accident. I thought it was funny how they were so happy they were almost flying. I would recommend this book for people younger than me. It was easy for me to read.

Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts: I like the pictures because they are funny. For example, the sun has an arm and waves to the man. I like how the dog learned lots of tricks and how he could still do them after his accident. I like how the puppy made the best of losing his leg. It was easy for me to read and I would recommend it to kids younger than me.

Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: I enjoyed the book. The illustrations are very colorful and have some funny details if you pay attention. For instance, the vet's scrubs have "Cool Dog Doc" written on the pocket and the pet store is shaped like a dog. It is a sweet story about a dog who overcomes the challenge of losing a leg. It's neat that the owner doesn't just give up after the accident and continues helping the dog and they keep having a great fulfilling life together. When I looked at different sites, they didn't say what age group the book is geared for. I classified it as 3-8 because I think that younger children would enjoy the pictures even though they wouldn't be able to read the book yet. I think it is a book that can help children know it's okay to be different and that you don't have to give up when bad things happen.
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Looking for a children's storybook that tackles disabilities and explains that being disabled is not the same as being unable? Lucky is a book that teaches young children that dogs are dogs, regardless of abilities or disabilities, and the lesson applies to people, too. Written by Craig Inglis, with bright, amusing illustrations by Richard Kinsey, Lucky is a simple story that handily conveys an important message.

Lucky is about a man living in the big city who felt something was missing in his life and decided to buy a dog, finding one perfect for him at a pet shop. The man named the dog "Lucky," trained him, and considered him to be his best friend. One day Lucky breaks away, runs into the street, and gets hit by a car. Although the veterinarian is able to save him, Lucky loses a leg. "So the man took him home. He told him: `I love you just as much as ever.'" Lucky relearned his old tricks, doing them even better, and he and the man continued to be best friends and play in the park.

In addition to its disabilities theme, Lucky teaches children about animal hospitals and veterinarians. Despite Lucky's tragic accident, the story is positive and enjoyable for kids (recommended for children up to age seven). Encouraging for those who feel "different," for whatever reason, it also reminds kids that those who seem different may be just like everyone else.

As much as I like Lucky, I have one complaint. Lucky was bought at a pet store. With the millions of animals languishing (and being "euthanized") in pet shelters, it is disappointing that Lucky was not a rescue dog. Lucky promotes buying a pet at a pet shop to children, despite the fact that most pet shop animals come from puppy mills and are often in very poor health. Certainly this was not the author's intent, but the message "You can get a great dog like Lucky at a pet shop" is there.
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