- Age Range: 5 - 10 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Waldorf Publishing (August 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945175788
- ISBN-13: 978-1945175787
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The One Eyed Pug Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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The black and white line illustrations are very well done and are accurate representations of the storyline. The drawing on page 16 would make a great coloring page at an author event. The One Eyed Pug is a story with a mix of happiness, sadness, adventure, and scary bits. Author Deborah Hunt has created a wonderful, easy-to-read chapter book that will appeal to both children and their parents. The heart-warming story has all the elements and emotion of a good book that children will want to read again. The story is expressed from the point of the little pug ... how happy she feels when face chatting with her real family of pugs or how annoying it is to have a new, untrained puppy in the house. The little pug becomes a superhero and saves Chewy, the wild puppy, from enemies. Throughout the whole book, readers will be wondering what the book title The One Eyed Pug means, but it won't be until the plot twist at the end of the book that they find out the meaning. What a wonderful end to the story of Lola, the little pug.
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The One Eyed Pug
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Using animals as a way to deliver important messages and teach important lessons to children is something that is not easily done, but delivered well in this story. Children seem to be able to listen carefully and understand difficult lessons when taught through an animal that can speak. Hunt uses the story of the pug to show children that change is not always bad. She also teaches them that while bad things may happen, there are good outcomes as well. Our pug has only lived for a short time yet she’s met with various changes and has to face the anxiety of the unknown each time. This story can also teach children compassion. Compassion for those who are different than us and compassion for those who are struggling.
There are several drawings throughout the book which can give the readers a nice interruption to the waves of text. It is important to keep children engaged as well as entertained. The drawings give more information on what the characters look like which helps the readers connect more to the story. The language in the story is very easy for new readers to understand. While this isn’t a first step book, it is definitely suitable for a child who has experience reading books with little pictures. The language might be too young for older readers, even though the message it sends is positive.
Deborah Hunt takes us on a trip to learn compassion and acceptance with The One Eyed Pug. This tale allows children to connect their own feelings of anxiety and uncertainty with things like change to the life of the protagonist, the little pug. It also allows children to see that dogs and other pets have feelings as well, even if we can’t always understand what they’re trying to tell us. Even when our little pug goes through a life changing situation, she comes out strong because she has the support of those who love her around her. This is an important thing for children to understand as well: we are all stronger thanks to the people who support us. This would be a great book for any avid young reader.
~Jennifer L. Ransom, M.S. Ed., M.L.S. Librarian