Incredible Dog! Lady
Illustrator: Judith Friedman
Gratifying Read … Highly Recommended … 5 stars
Nurse Kathy is preparing
to go to work. She works in both nursing homes and hospitals.
Kathy and her Therapy dog Lady spend a lot of time helping others
feel better. Lady wears a bright red kerchief when she is working
as a therapy dog. Not all dogs can work as therapy dogs; therapy
dogs must be very gentle. Everyone wants to pet Lady. She can
do tricks too. Kathy has been teaching Lady how to do tricks
and how to be obedient from the time she was a puppy. Most people
like dogs, some don't. Lady only visits the people she is allowed
to visit. She plays ball with elderly patients, she helps children
feel not so lonely, she even puts her front paws on the bed and
bows her head to pray. Lady lays very quiet on the bed of a weak
little girl who is very sick from her chemotherapy. Lady doesn't
do tricks, she only lays on the bed to keep her company.
Writer Williams and Illustrator
Friedman have produced a remarkable little book sure to please
all beginning readers; children and adults alike. Black and White
pencil drawing illustrations surrounded by bandana print present
caregivers, the ill and the well, young and aged in pleasant
optimistic settings. While the illustrations help beginning readers
understand the story; they are not specifically geared to children,
thus the work will serve adult beginning readers as well as the
Vocabulary used is within the
scope of many youngsters in the 7-9 set. The book lends itself
well to reading time for younger folks; the 3-6s, read alone
with some guidance 7-9, and read to younger siblings for the
10-12s. "One Incredible Dog! Lady" will have a place
in the home library as well as the school setting for pleasure
reading. Those who search for well written books to offer their
beginning adult readers will also find "One Incredible Dog!
Lady" is a good choice. I plan to use the copy I was sent
to review with my adult beginning readers living in a residential
care facility for the mentally retarded.
Writer, radio announcer Williams
was inspired to write this book about "One Incredible Dog!
Lady" due to the work done by 9-11 rescue dogs. Lady is
a living dog who was found on the side of the road, adopted and
trained to be a Therapy Dog by her handler Kathy Miller. Therapy
dogs do a lot to cheer up patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
"One Incredible Dog! Lady" will go a long way to help
readers understand what Therapy dogs do in a typical day.
"One Incredible Dog! Lady"
presents animals in a clear, positive manner. Readers come to
know that while people age or become sick time spent in hospitals
or nursing homes does not need to be bleak, overly unpleasant
experience. Recovery and visits from Therapy animals and others
are a part of the nursing experience too. One important message
of the work is the fact that happiness and affection play a real
role in the healing process.
Non-profit organizations like
Therapy Dogs International
(www.tdi-dog.org) and Delta
Society (www.deltasociety.org) help educate and train therapy
dogs and their handlers.