Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Release date: Aug, 2021
Content Rating: G.
This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Punk is a sweet English Bulldog who is neglected by his original family. He has no idea what he did wrong, but he’s finally rescued by Xavier who owns a Rescue and Recovery Ranch. He then finds a family who truly loves and takes care of him. It takes him a while to learn to trust others, but he eventually has a happy life.
This is a great book for children with a sweet story that starts out sad but has a happy ending. It also teaches children that pets need to be loved and cared for. Because of the content of this book, I think an adult should read this book with a child, at least at first so they can discuss it.
About the Author
Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.
Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.
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Thank you for your honest review of the book. And I agree! This book is meant to be read with children and to be used as a tool to teach about neglect, help children recognize signs and feelings associated with neglect, and to help them become allies to those who have been neglected!
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It’s a great lesson for them to learn.