How could you resist this cover! I saw this on the shelf at my favorite bookstor, Cover to Cover, and bought it without even reading it first, very unusual for me. I knew I loved it just from those puppy dog eyes looking back. Now that I have read it and enjoyed all of the "ahhhh" photos, I'm glad I picked it up.
A Home for Dixie: The True Story of a Rescued Puppy is a short and enjoyable story by high schooler Emma Jackson of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Emma has crafted a heart warming story based on her experience of adopting an abandoned puppy. After showing responsibility taking care of a fish, a hamster and then a guinea pig, Emma finally talks her parents into a dog. After much internet research, the family found Aunt Mary's Doghouse. Run by Mary Cody, Aunt Mary's takes in all kinds of abandoned dogs, strays, dogs left at the pound, sick dogs, any dog that needs help and a home. More good news, a portion of the proceeds from the book go to Aunt Mary's Doghouse.
The story continues with Dixie's adjustment to her new surroundings, including learning to sleep alone in a quiet crate. With some help from her friend, Dixie learns to adjust.This book will get a lot of use in the library, just for the pictures alone. Bob Carey's full color photos of Dixie and other puppy friends are full of life and will definitely elicit more "ooohs" and "ahhhhs" than the Fourth of July! When the kids read the story hopefully they will be inspired to help by adopting an abandoned dog or volunteering at an animal shelter. They may also be inspired to write a story just as Emma has done.
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