Book Review: As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

As engaging as a tail wag.
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends. The poems are grouped in: Questions, Colors, Musings and Haiku.

* Ideal to boost you up by reading one poem at a time,
* Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day,
* Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones,
* A gentle way to introduce children to animals’ feelings,
* Amazing picture to cheer you up.
* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!

Book links: 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BZ5WTLK
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BZ5WTLK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39783075-as-good-as-gold

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My Review

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

As Good as Gold is a book full of poems about dogs and it’s a great book to share with children. It’s divided into four sections: Questions, Colors, Musings, and Haiku. I especially enjoyed the first section, Questions. A couple of the titles were “Why, Rain?” and “Why, Hedgehog?” They’re from the perspective of a puppy and are adorable. I can see reading a couple of these to children at bedtime. There are also cute pictures of puppies and dogs between the poems. 

Poetry is not my thing, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to appreciate it more and more, especially since my son writes poetry. A lot of it doesn’t make sense to me but these are the kind of poems I like. They’re simple and sweet! No need to have to figure out what in the world the author is trying to say, you can just enjoy. 

This would be a great addition to any dog lover’s library. 

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About the Author

Patricia Furstenberg is the author of Amazon Bestseller Joyful Trouble. She writes children stories about real and imaginary dogs and about animals in general. Patricia believes each creature has a story and a voice, if only we stop to listen.
Patricia came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. “When I write, I write,” she usually says.
When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

Patricia Furstenberg Author Page and Blog: http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts by Lisa & Michael Cohn

 

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Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
Authors: Lisa and Michael Cohn
Genre: Children’s Book
Number of Pages: 86
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
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Summary:

Sensitive Bash gets grumpy and disruptive when his life is too bright, too loud, too smelly, or too busy. He counts on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm. But Paula, Bash’s girl-power cousin, is causing all sorts of trouble. Paula says her soccer team has the right to take Lucy away from Bash because girls deserve the very best canine coaches. And superstar Lucy is the most successful coach around! How can Bash show he respects the girls’ rights while keeping dear Lucy by his side? Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, AM Northwest, and SiriusXM Radio, and in Disney’s Babble, as well as other media.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Batch and Lucy Fetch Jealousy and looked forward to reading another cute Bash and Lucy book.

Bash is on a soccer team and his dog, Lucy, was their dog coach. Lucy encourages the children, makes them laugh, and likes to give them kisses. Unfortunately, Bash’s Grandma Vera and his cousin Paula are on a different team and they want Lucy as their coach. They claim that because of Title XI, they deserve to have Lucy. “Title IX is a law that requires that men and
women have equal opportunities in sports, including equal access to the best coaches…” Personally, I agree with Title XI but I didn’t think the boys should have to give up Lucy! And Bash felt the same way as I did.

Bash takes matters into his own hands and tries to find a way to make everyone happy. Does he succeed? Can he keep both his dog and his favorite cousin?

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts is a fun and cute story for children of all ages. What’s great about it is that it’s not only a good story with great illustrations, but it teaches several things throughout the story without children even realizing that they’re learning. Some examples of what is learned (I’m sure there’s much more):

  • Bash is sensory-sensitive and readers learn what it means to be sensory-sensitive and how to avoid being on “overload” (my word). Bash also has an active imagination that helps him to understand what is going on around him 
  • Paula is all about girl-power and we learn about Title XI from her and the rest of Grandma Vera’s team
  • the library is a good resource for information
  • dogs are great companions for everyone
  • compromise is better than arguing and fighting

I definitely recommend the Bash and Lucy books and look forward to reading more of them in the future.

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About the Authors

Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, and in Disney’s Babble, the Oregonian, and other media outlets. They are founders of the Roving Reader Leaders. Michael and Lisa have “traveled” 540,000 miles and visited students in 15 countries around the world via Skype in the classroom to discuss their books.

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Book Review & Giveaway: How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny

Bringing a new dog into the household should be one of life’s happiest events. The process always starts with excitement and high expectations. Too often, though, it ends in disappointment. The new puppy wakes everyone three times a night, gnaws on furniture, piddles everywhere, knocks the children down. The new adolescent dog is too wild. The new adult dog growls at your neighbors. And where did all this dog hair come from?

Most people spend hours researching a new mattress, days researching a new car, and weeks researching a new home or job. Yet for a new dog, a companion for the next 10-15 years, the most they do is visit the nearest shelter or pet shop and buy whatever looks cute and appealing. It’s no wonder they end up disappointed.

Whether you are looking for a purebred puppy or a charming mixed-breed, the type of dog you bring into your home matters. A quiet owner will struggle to keep up with a high-energy labrador mix, for instance, while an active outdoor family will be impatient with a snoozy bulldog. And finding the right kind of dog means becoming the right kind of owner—a task that takes some forethought and planning.

How To Find Your Dream Dog is here to fix the disconnect of dog ownership. It walks you step-by-step through the process of choosing the right type of dog for you—not only exploring the canine qualities that can determine your perfect puppy, adolescent, or adult dog, but also assessing your lifestyle to make sure you’re a good match for the dog, too. The book also looks at good (and bad) sources for finding healthy and sound pet dogs, gives guidelines for evaluating individual puppies, and warns of some red flags to watch out for during your dog search. With this guidebook in hand, you can be confident that the next puppy or dog you bring home will be the right companion and friend for you for the rest of its days.

Dixie Tenny is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior. During her 30+ years spent working with people and their pets, she has seen again and again how mismatches between dog and owner can create “behavior problems” that never would have happened if the right dog had been matched to the right owner in the first place. She wrote this book to help puppy buyers and dog adopters start out on the best possible foot with their new pet dogs, and stay on that path for years to come.

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My Review

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

After reading this book I feel lucky. We did nothing to prepare for the two dogs we have but they’re part of our family and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. I will, however, use How to Find Your Dream Dog as a resource the next time we decide to get a dog.

There is a lot of good information contained in these pages. Dixie Tenny starts with a section to help you decide if you even really want a puppy, which will change your life. Or, perhaps an older dog would be more your style. Once you decide that you do want a puppy or a dog, she explains the usual traits of breeds of dogs. Of course, not every dog is the same. They each have their own personality just like people. So spending time with the dog you choose is necessary before you decide for sure that that is the one for you.

There are guidelines for starting out with a puppy that will make your life, as well as the puppy’s life, much easier in the beginning. I wish I’d had these the last time I potty trained a puppy!

If you’re thinking about getting a dog for the first time or if you’ve been a dog owner all your life, this book is for you. It contains a lot of useful advice and is a great resource.

 

 

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About the Author

Dixie Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded two rescue organizations: Purebred Dog Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, and Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, Inc. in 1987. Dixie was the Director of Training for the Greater St. Louis Training Club, Inc., for five years, creating classes and overseeing the work of 40 head and assistant trainers. In 2003 she and another experienced trainer created Dogs Unleashed, LLC. They traveled to clients’ homes and worked with behavior and training issues.
Dixie’s professional credentials include trainer certifications from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. Dixie formed her own business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC (HALO) in 2013. HALO hosts continuing education seminars for dog trainers.
Dixie has lived with a wide range of dogs over the years including mixed breeds, Australian Shepherds, Welsh and Cairn terriers, and more. While in Seattle, Dixie raised a labrador puppy for Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. (CCI). Currently Dixie lives with a Beauceron and an elderly Papillon, as well as four cats. When not doing things related to animals, she reads widely, enjoys the company of her three grown children, follows baseball and English Premier League football, and travels the world.

 

 

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Book Review: Bash & Lucy Fetch Jealousy by Lisa Cohn & Michael Cohn

Bash-and-Lucy-Fetch-Jealousy-CoverTitle: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy

Authors: Lisa Cohn & Michael Cohn

Illustrator: Heather Nichols

Publication Date: December 6, 2014

Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing

Pages: 39

Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Book Summary

From an award-winning Mom-Son team featured on the Today Show, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is a contemporary boy-and-dog book. Bash’s dog, Lucy, helps coach his soccer team, and Lucy leads the team to the championships. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Lucy enchants a team of Special Olympics kids who say they want her to coach their team. Can Bash overcome his jealousy and learn to share Lucy with kids who say they need her? This is Book Two in the Bash and Lucy series, following Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winner and finalist, USA Best Book Awards. Co-Author Michael Cohn, age 6, has appeared on the Today Show, on SiriusXM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, in The Oregonian and other media.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Bash was on a soccer team and his dog, Lucy, was their coach. Lucy encouraged the children, made them laugh, and liked to give them kisses. Once in a while, Bash got a little jealous but he got over it pretty quickly.

Then, the day before their championship, a boy named Tristan asked if Lucy could coach his team at their championships. He was on a Special Olympics team but Bash didn’t want to share Lucy with another team. When he wasn’t looking, Lucy ran off and they found her helping Tristan’s team. Bash was jealous but after watching her interact with the children, he finally decided it would be best for everyone to share Lucy.

This is a cute story with cute pictures, written for young children. It teaches about jealousy as well as integrating children with disabilities into the story. I think children would enjoy Bash & Lucy Fetch Jealousy, especially the way Lucy is depicted. I like how the authors got ideas for this story from classes in different elementary schools.

 

About the Authors

MichealLisatoplaughWriter Lisa Cohn and her 6-year-old son, Michael, have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest and Disney’s Babble, in addition to the Oregonian and other media. Their first book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” received a Mom’s Choice Silver Award and was a 2013 USA Best Book Award finalist. Book lover Michael reviews children’s books in taxis, gyms, lodges and parks and the Cohns post them on their YouTube channel!

Here’s his latest review: http://youtu.be/p6JjXtd5Xwg

Lisa and Michael’s aim is to share with children their love of dogs, books and writing! Learn about their school visits, dog blog and book reviews by Michael and friends by visiting www.BashAndLucy.com

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Book Review: Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

Almost Perfect audiobookTitle: Almost Perfect

Author: Diane Daniels Manning

Genre: Young Adult, General Fiction

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

 

 

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About the Book

Two unlikely friends, an old woman and a boy with special needs, take an aging champion to Westminster Dog Show, and heal their troubled families.

Seventy year-old Bess Rutledge has fantasized about winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life, but now she has decided she is too old to follow her dream. She meets Benny, an angry fourteen year-old with mild autism and ADHD, who has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. He becomes convinced that winning Westminster with McCreery, Bess’ aging champion standard poodle, will finally make his mother proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy.

 

Where to buy the book

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My Review

I received a free audio version of this book for an honest review.

This is a sweet story about friendship, dreams, and dogs.

Benny is a mildly autistic teen from a dysfunctional family. He becomes friends with his elderly neighbor, Bess, who has given up on her dream to win at Westminster.

A friendship between Benny and Bess blossoms as she helps Benny learn how to be a dog trainer. Benny learns a lot from Bess but she learns a lot from him too. Speaking of relationships, McCreery and Breaker, two champion standard poodles, are a big part of this story and I enjoyed listening about them the most.

The narrator of Almost Perfect did a good job for the most part. I have listened to books in the past that I could tell who was talking by the change in the narrator’s voice but that wasn’t always the case in this book.

Although the book gets a little slow at times, the end at the Westminster Dog show is emotional and exciting. I think dog lovers would like this book, especially those who enjoy watching dog shows.

FYI: the Westminster Dog Show takes place from February 16-17 this year!

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About the Author

Diane Daniel ManningDiane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.

When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.

Connect with her:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

You can win one $50, $25 or $10 Amazon Gift Card on the author’s website.

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