Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Children’s Book Review: "A Day with Dutchess," by Mark Condon and Julie Phillips

About this book:
Dutchess is a blind therapy dog with a gentle and joyful heart. In A Day with Dutchess, she shows her canine friend Droopy how small actions can make a world of difference. Join them as they work with children at the local autism center, sample treats at their favorite pet boutique, and organize an adoption fair to help lonely cats and dogs find their loving forever homes.

My thoughts:
This book is subtitled “Life Lessons from a Blind Therapy Dog,” and that is precisely what it provides for children! In reading this lovely rhyming tale, children learn about understanding disabilities (both in animals and people), helping others, having compassion, and pet adoption. Whether we are big or small, “We ALL make a difference,” as Droopy realizes when he sees the impact that his friend Dutchess has on the lives of the people and animals he meets. Children will love spending a day with Dutchess and come to realize that doing for others is a sure ticket to happiness!

About the author:
Mark Condon is an animal lover, New Jersey native, yoga aficionado, aspiring cellist, and professor of biology at Dutchess Community College in New York. He is co-founder and board president of the therapy dog organization Canine Link (www.CLTherapyDogs.org). Dutchess is a blind therapy dog who is especially fond of her work with individuals with autism. Her gregarious personality and joyful heart inspire all those who meet her. Mark and Dutchess live in Poughkeepsie, New York, and share their home with three cats. Connect with Dutchess on Facebook (Dutchess the Dog), on Twitter (@DutchessTheDog), and by visiting her website: www.dutchessthetherapydog.com.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for my fair and honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


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