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As a follow-up, I purchased 5 copies, and am donating them to rescue shelters in my area. This wonderful story should be spread!
Kids of all ages love animals, especially dogs. Paw Prints: The True Story of a Three-Pawed Dog is a “tail” of an adorable Maltese pup who’s missing his right rear paw. What a great way to help kids learn about disabilities and rescue animals!
When Steve Freeman asked me to read his first children’s book, I accepted without hesitation. I’ve read and reviewed all of his Blackwell Files mystery adventure series novels, but this is at least a 180-degree departure from that world. Still, I know that Freeman’s characters have spirit and heart, and I was pretty sure I would find more of the same in this little book.
I was not disappointed. Paw Prints is told from the perspective of Nicky, the puppy. As one who has written hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of kitty “bios” for my local humane society’s adoption website, I know that it is both challenging and fun to try to get the voice and the essence of the animal just right. Freeman gives words to Nicky that express his fears, his sadness, his excitement, and his joy as he goes through his first year of puppyhood.
I know that a parent or other adult will undoubtedly read this story to children, but it seemed to me that some of the vocabulary is too grownup for young kids. However, I think the book provides a teachable moment, and I truly believe that most children can accept a pet with a handicap – and hopefully that can translate into accepting humans who are less than perfect too.
Thank you, Steve Freeman, for letting me read Paw Prints. I must also mention the talented artist, Hatice Bayramoglu. Her illustrations are wonderful. This book will warm your heart and have you barking for joy. Nicky has a few sad moments, but he rebounds, and you’ll be wagging your tail along with him in the end.
I have heard criticism of animal stories told from the animal’s point of view but I totally disagree. I believe children connect more to the message and relate to the animal’s experience.
This is definitely the case with Paw Prints. It is not only a wonderful children’s story but explains to the reader what an unwanted puppy might experience emotionally. The story is well balanced with happy and sad moments and there is nothing in the story that would distress a child.
Yes, there is a happy ending.
It also teaches, not only children, but any dog owner or potential dog owner the needs of dogs such as the need to have an opportunity to run free for toys or activities when home alone as well as the importance of routines and understanding dog body language. So much in a simple, short story.
I am looking forward to being able to purchase a print edition of Paw Prints for my future grandchild.
I unhesitatingly give Paw Prints a 5* rating.
I believe this story really works as it is told from Nicky's point of view and can truly help young children understand the needs of the animals in their care and the need to pay attention to the signs and signals that our pets try to share with us.
This story resonated with me as we have also adopted many strays and rescue animals and even have a cat named Penny who had to have her front, right leg amputated due to extensive damage. It is amazing how our pets can adapt to these challenges and go on to lead happy healthy lives in the right environment...
Thanks Steve for sharing!
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It's a good reminder for all families to put down the device, turn off the TV and make time to take your fur baby out for a walk.