I really liked the way the book is divided into months for the firstyear of Puppy's life so that I could see a month per bedtime as a story, making it excellent value for money. In each month there's a subtlemoral or principle behind the story so that it might be about theimportance of family at Christmas in December or the fact that startingschool means attending every day and not just once as in the Septembertale, or the challenges of trying new experiences like going to thebeach in July. All these elements means there's something to talk aboutwith young children and afford them the opportunity to consider whatcould be challenging concepts in a safe environment.
Another element that I found really satisfying was the underpinninglove throughout. I felt as emotional as Granny at Christmas! Here wehave a book that exemplifies caring for your family and being together,making it a lovely book to share together.
One thing I would say is that I think Puppy would be fantastic formerchandising. Any child would adore a Puppy cuddly toy (and so wouldthis adult!)."
Reviewed by Lindasbookbag
"Follow the first 12 months of a puppy's life in this heartwarming poem.From the day he's born through to turning one, read about what thisadorable puppy experiences and how he feels about all the fun new things he comes across. Snow, Christmas, a newspaper through the door,jumping in the sea, and being with his new family are just some of thelovely things he comes learns in his first year.
This fun and sweet poem is set out in months - from the moment thepuppy has been born through to his first birthday. We follow the joyshe experiences as he comes across things for the first time. We alsosee the unconditional love he both gives and receives, which isadorable. This is very visible with the relationship he has with thelittle girl in his new family.
Although written for children, a lot of adults will enjoy the poem.If the reader has, or has previously had dogs in their lives they willlaugh along with what this dog gets up to and find themselves thinking'this is true!' I certainly did!
The illustrations are beautiful and cheery, bright and fun. They really complimented the poem. This poem doesn't rhyme. But that's no bad thing. It reads morelike a story and in this case, I think it works better than a rhymewould.
My daughter loved this book. She enjoyed pointing out what washappening in the illustrations and listening to what the puppy got upto.
This is a great book for adults to share with their young ones time and time again. I certainly will."
Reviews by Jodie for Bloglovin
"Oh my goodness, this was such a sweet and thought-inspiring book for little ones! Puppy covers the twelve months of the year and all of the amazing things that are encountered each month. From getting a name, having visitors, and experiencing the first snow, Patricia Furstenberg has written a fun and educational story about the world from apuppy's eyes.
The imagery and sing-song elements of the story will make this such a fun read-aloud, especially for dog lovers.
You know those books that you read to your children so many times they begin to know the words by heart? I think Puppy will definitely become one of those stories.
Lessons include the months, seasons, colors, love, companionship, cleaning up our messes, responsibilities such as school or work, differences between all of us humans, and much more. The cutest part, however, is Patricia's imagination and interpretation of how our beloved pups may see and understand the world around them. I'm such a huge dog-lover, so Puppy completely tugged at my heartstrings.It also made me look at my own dogs differently, wondering what in the world goes through their minds!
I cannot recommend Puppy enough to readers that want a fun and educational story to read to their children and eventually have those children reading it to them. I could honestly feel the love and attention to detail that Patricia poured into every page, and cannot imagine a child not loving this wonderful story!"
Reviewed by Dandelion Inspired Blog
"This was a cute children's book involving a brand new puppy getting his forever home. It's written from the POV of the new puppy. He calls the little girl who cares for him his 'pup', which I found cute and endearing. It also had each month as a "chapter" in the book, and during each month, different things happened with the puppy and his family. It was sweet and fun to read to my two year old son. He liked listening to me reading the story out loud, and he also enjoyed looking at the adorable illustrations in the book. It'll definitely be a story that will appeal to young readers (and parents with kids too young to really start reading yet)."
Reviewed by Book Reviews by Jasmine
"Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun, exciting, adorable, and a must-read children's book.
Chapters are divided into months, in the form of puppy paws at the beginning, each a phase in the puppy's life until it turns one.
With lots of colors, lots of love, humor, and puppies, children will want to read this book over and over and over.
Having lived with dogs her whole life,it's no wonder Patricia Furstenberg would choose a puppy to be centrepiece in this book.
I loved how the puppy referred to its human owner/friend as a "human pup".
Loved the chapter where the puppy learns that it will get a name but has no idea what a name is. It was funny and innocent like children themselves.
Grown up or not, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is a must-read for children that will teach them love and tenderness towards animals.
Reviewed by Nadaness In Motion
From the Author
My mother is the one they would want forpretend games, yet it is my father they prefer for story time. Perhapsbecause grandfathers, with their solid appearance, are nothing butgentle giants when it comes to their own grandchildren and, admit it,nothing can compare with a grandfather's ability to mimic someone else's voice!
I still remember my own grandfather telling my cousin and I a story with Prince Charming which used to pick his nose :)
I hope you will enjoy my books just as much as I loved writing them.