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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Children's Book Review: A New Name for Worthless: A Hero is Born

A New Name for Worthless:  A Hero is Born
Author:  Rocky Shepheard
Copyright 2011
Published by CRR(Crescent Renewable Resource) in conjunction with Dogs Deserve Better
Pages:  32
Full colour and hard bound
Genre:  Children's fiction, action/adventure
ISBN 9780984289745

About Worthless: Worthless was the name of a real dog, he was the reason that Dogs Deserve Better was founded and that's why the book was named after him.

From the back cover:  Romp through the wilds on a good old-fashioned adventure with pals Worthless, Sly Fox and Otto.  Worthless (so he's called by his no-good captor) remains chained to his rickety old doghouse yet longs to be free and loved.  His best friends step in and find a way to break his chains, and their quest for a new home takes off.  Times get tought, but in the end will they win all the love they are searching for, and just maybe a new name for Worthless?

My thoughts:  A New Name for Worthless: A Hero is Born is the story of a black lab who yearns for love and the comfort of a warm home but who lives outside chained to his doghouse.  He has two best friends, a fox and an otter, who devise a plan to free their friend.  One stormy night, they do so and then the search is on for a home where they will be loved and cared for.  

Beautifully illustrated with a timeless message of the importance of the humane treatment of animals, A Hero is Born is wonderfully rendered. The author, through his writing and illustrations, portrays from Worthless' point of view the importance of humane treatment of animals.  Suited to kindergarten through grades 3-4, this book will find a place in the homes and hearts of all animal lovers. 

Rated:  4/5

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