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What about Daisy? Hardcover – October 23, 2010
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What about Daisy? is a heartfelt story inspired by the author s own experiences with her deafblind dog: A deafblind rescue dog, Daisy, is in search of her forever home. The colorful and impressionistic illustrations tell the same story as the text, but offer a few special hints in the beginning pages; these hints indicate that Daisy is a little more special than the other dogs at her rescue facility. Using a repetitive phrase: What about Daisy?, Faresh encourages readers to experience empathy for Daisy. This repetitive phrase also allows young readers to stay connected to the purpose of the book the search for Daisy s forever home and it also builds anticipation and hope. The book offers opportunities for young readers to raise questions about special needs, and increases awareness in the areas of self-acceptance, acceptance of others, and the importance of friendship. It s also important to know that a portion of proceeds from What About Daisy? book sales goes to charities for both deafblind children and special needs pets in need of adoption. --The Children's Book Review
I love children s books. I know I have mentioned that in the past on my blog. I have a collection of books that belonged to me when I was a child. I kept them to share with my children and future grandchildren. Even though my kids are getting old I still enjoy children s books. I still collect them to share with my grandchildren and to read to other children. I recently received a children s book to review called What About Daisy? This is one of those rare times that a children s book has made me CRY! Not tears of sadness but rather tears of happiness. The only other books that made me react that way were I ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm and Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. There is another book that made me feel weepy. I can t remember what it was called (I believe it had two rabbits on the cover). What About Daisy? is the story of Ms. Didi who cares for rescue dogs (Ms. Didi is a dog herself). She cares for rescue puppies and finds them good homes when they are old enough. Ms. Didi found it easy to find forever homes for the current litter of puppies she was caring for, all except one, Daisy. Daisy was not like the other puppies. She didn t play or chase balls. There appeared to be something wrong with Daisy. It turns out that Daisy was both deaf and blind. Ms. Didi knew she had to find a forever home for Daisy and went on a journey to find a family who would want to adopt a special dog like Daisy. Sadly the people they encountered laughed at Dasiy or thought she was diseased in some way and wanted nothing to do with her. One day Ms. Didi and Daisy met a three legged cat name Louie. Louie had an idea that would help Daisy find a forever family. Together the trio set off to find Daisy her forever home. Did Daisy ever find a family who would want to adopt a blind and deaf puppy? To find out you ll have to pick up a copy of What About Daisy? The moral of the story is simple, Everyone deserves to be loved and accepted. Daisy is actually a real dog. She really is blind and deaf. Thankfully she does have a forever home with author Maryam Faresh and her partner Bruce Meade. The couple adopted Daisy three years ago at only 3 months old. Louie the cat, who is featured in the book, is their first special needs rescue animal. --SheScribes Book Review
As parents we try to teach our children that being different does not make others bad. It's a hard lesson, and one that parents often struggle with, as well. What about Daisy? shares a mother dog's worrisome adventure to find her pup a loving furever home. However, Daisy, her pup, is an unusual puppy. She doesn't play with her litter mates, come running when called, or show interest in much of anything. This worries Ms. Didi, her mother. With a little help from friends along the way, Ms. Didi sets out to find a home for Daisy, her deaf and blind puppy. Author Maryam Faresh was inspired to write Daisy's story by her own, real-life Daisy. Daisy won the WAG award for the Most Inspirational Dog in 2010, and the 2011 Barkcode Hero Award. --All Things Dog Blog
About the Author
Born and raised just outside San Francisco, Maryam moved to Los Angeles to pursue teaching, performing and competing in Salsa and Belly Dance over ten years ago. She has performed with Enrique Iglesias, Tito Puente been on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Day s of our Lives and Fame LA to name a few. You may have also seen her self produced instructional dance video Salsa Fusion. Now, Maryam can add author to her credit. Her first self published children s book, What about Daisy? A story of a deafblind rescue dog searching for her forever home has become Maryam s newest and most important creative passion next to caring for Daisy and her four furry siblings. Maryam and her husband Bruce are no strangers to loving and caring for animals, having both grown up surrounded by pets and volunteered for years at local animal shelters; animals have always had a place in their lives. Their first experience with special needs animals was with Louie, their three legged cat. Daisy born deafblind, was soon to follow. Daisy s strength and courage inspired What about Daisy? and was released October 5, 2010. Maryam and Daisy s journey to share their story has already touched over 1,500 children and adults. They will be donating a portion of proceeds from book sales to charities for both special needs children and animals.