In Special Paws the family list, children are introduced to Boston and Hunter, two real life rescue dogs. Waiting for new homes, Hunter and Boston talk through what they would like in a home to call their own.
What I am Reviewing
Special Paws: the Family List.
Tracey Kusinitz Altman, author.
Joseba Morales, illustrator.
Inspired Forever Publishing.
38 pages, softcover, ages 4-8
Rescue, rescue dogs, adoption, family,
Reviewed for Ascot Media.
When a sleepy-eyed Boston awakes and finds herself in new surroundings, she is full of questions! Beside her is an engaging, friendly beagle named Hunter, who quickly becomes Boston’s friend and explains that they are in an animal shelter. As their friendship deepens and their dreams of finding their forever-homes take shape, Hunter helps Boston create a very special list of everything she is looking for in a family. Readers young and old will enjoy the playful dialogue — and maybe catch a glimpse of their own feelings toward family — as both dogs reveal what’s most important to them in a forever home.
The details of Special Paws the family list
32 pages with vibrant colours, well suited to the visual preferences of young children and the dogs of the book. Children will love the ease of reading. It’s not a lyrical book, but the words are suitable for ages 4-8. The size of the font makes it easy as a read-aloud book with a group of children.
The story is told from the vantage point of the dogs, talking through what they would like to have in a family. This might encourage children to talk about what they want in a dog as well.
I thought it was excellent to actually show the pictures of the real dogs at the close of the book. Didn’t the illustrator do a great job of depicting them?
Special Paws the family list is a cute book taking the vantage of the dog looking for a new home. As a child-friendly book it’s great to see the dogs finding their forever homes at the close of the story. It’s a great book to get children thinking about what they have to offer a dog, and then what a dog has to offer them. If you have rescued a dog, or are looking to do so, this book would be great to get your children thinking about it more.