Friday, November 11, 2011
Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley
Hi there everyone!
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Today is Veterans Day...so first happy wishes and a great BIG THANK YOU to all of our military both past, present and no longer with us. Your dedication to the cause and your country is and always will be appreciated. Speaking of sacrifice and dedication, today's featured title is a fictional account of a real life story that was seen the world over in one way or another. Our fuzzy lead is nothing short of heroic in his efforts to simply make it through the night and what comes next will really hit home. Let's get to the title than shall we? Today's book of choice is....
HOOPER FINDS A FAMILY,
A HURRICANE KATRINA DOG'S SURVIVAL TALE
Jimmy was an unassuming little pup, at least in all the ways a little lab should be. Food and water were plentiful. Love was never in short supply. Treats...ah yes....treats were wonderfully delicious. Every day Momma would make him something delightful for breakfast, George would pat him on the head on his way out to work and the rest would take care of itself. Then one day, a storm came like no other. Momma and George had to hightail it out of there leaving Jimmy with a promise to return shortly...but shortly never came leaving this little fuzzy scared and alone as he struggled to survive. It wasn't simply a matter of being patient for his humans to come back home. The rising waters and dangerous winds wreaked havoc on one and all, just imagine being tiny and small in an outside world you only knew from your front yard! Scary... O-O
Thank goodness our little Jimmy was resourceful....yes, to put your mind at ease, he makes it. With the help of a little otter, he learns to work with the waters not against them. With the help of Mother Nature, he manages to be fed...and narrowly escape death a few dozen times. Eventually, with the help of man....he is rescued not once but THREE times. On his continuing journey he will make friends, learn from the hardened soul of another dog, find his voice....and maybe even a soul mate along the way. He will go from Jimmy to TJ to Hooper but no matter what his name, he will remind the sweet spirited pup dealt a hard hand by life that came out on top.
In summary, a touching read and much more emotional than one might first perceive but a story that was meant to be shared. As a bonus, pics of the pup that inspires this story are included at book's end...and boy is he a cutie! It really ties everything together nicely and serves to bring to light those animals that are in our shelters and rescue programs today that still need a great home. There is no love like the love of a pup and I speak from experience. They bring joy to our hearts and lives in so many ways...and shelter pups are simply looking for that second chance. If you could give them that chance, wouldn't you?
Recommended reading for young readers and beyond....though I do caution parents, little ones may need some reassurance along the way. What Hooper goes through is harsh and seeing anyone in such a bad situation can be hard let alone a small puppy....but it is REAL. Just be there to remind them things turn out okay and how they can help other pets reach their own happy endings. ^_^ This book is on sale now at a bookstore near you.
Review copy courtesy of HarperCollins. (Thanks!) For more information on this book as well as their complete catalog, visit them online at http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/ or follow along on one of their many Twitter feeds. To find out more on dogs just like Hooper, check out the Labs4rescue group or any of the multiple animal rescue organizations in your area.
Until next time....happy reading!
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