Monday, January 24, 2011
A Wonderful Story About A Dog and His Author
Ms. Gerencher has written the award winning book, Second Chance.
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I had the opportunity to read Second Chance. Here is my review:
Author Sandra J. Gerencher has written a story about Chance, a four-month-old Rottweller, German Shepherd mix, that lives in a pen at the shelter with his buddy, Ruffles. One day a lady and little boy are looking at the animals, and when she hugs and kisses Chance he knows he has “the lady eating out of my paw.” The lady adopts Chance and soon he’s living in his new home with the little boy and three other dogs, who he later discovers are all adopted, except for one dog. From the beginning Chance and the boy have a special connection. Chance can talk to the boy, who talks back to him. The author's book Second Chance, gives a lovely picture of the special relationship between a special boy and his dog.
Telling the story from Chance’s viewpoint allows the reader to see how a dog might view his world and the people who inhabit it. We witness humor and wonder as Chance adjusts to his family. Many of the words he hears confuse Chance. What does adoption mean? What is autism? In his new home, Chance has rules to follow, as do his new brothers and sister, as well as the boy Ryan. The author cleverly weaves information about autism into this touching story about being different. This would make a good supplemental reader for school classes to help students understand that some children and adults are different, but that this difference makes each of them unique. Once you read this book, you'll want to run to the nearest shelter and take all the precious animals there home with you.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Tribute Books (April 14, 2008)
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