Book Review: Three Paws and the Secret Cave by Karen Struck

Boots and friends have enjoyed many fun adventures during the past two years.
Now they are faced with an inevitable part of life. Cappy, the elderly mountain goat, is nearing the end of his physical journey. Granddaughter, Scarlet, is very close to her grandfather. When Cappy leaves the goat herd, without an explanation, Scarlet is frantic to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance.

Young Scarlet leads her wilderness friends in a celebration of life as she and her friends honor her beloved grandfather. Join Scarlet, Boots, Chinook, Sockeye, Pepe, Cyrus and Blizzard as they trek along the rugged mountaintop in search of Cappy and the secret cave. 


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Smith Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Boots’s friend Cappy has disappeared and his granddaughter needs help finding him. Cyrus, king of the eagles, finds Cappy in a secret cave. Cappy explains to his granddaughter that he’s old, he’s nearing the end of his life, and he wants to have a quiet and peaceful end. He has to hide to be safe from predators as he loses his strength.

Although this could be a sad story, the author shows that we should celebrate a person at the end of their life as well as after they pass. Death is a part of life for humans as well as animals. The way end of life is presented in Three Paws and the Secret Cave is a wonderful way to teach children about death and grief.

About the Author

Karen Struck discovered the joy of children’s literature as she read to her daughter before bed each night. She decided to take writing courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature after being inspired by the Harry Potter book series.
It was after an Alaskan cruise with her family that she had the idea to create a hopeful story about the majestic wildlife she’d seen there. So, for one of her writing assignments at the ICL, she did, and Three Paws was born!

She wrote the Three Paws children’s book series to inspire children to be brave and believe in themselves despite challenges they may face.

Outside of being a children’s book author, Karen is a registered nurse and works in the aesthetic industry. She works with her husband, Steve, a plastic surgeon in Atherton, CA and they live in Los Gatos, California. She has a daughter, Rachel, and two stepchildren, Danni and Evan Struck.