Wooffer_-_Children_s_Book_Review by MonikaKam


Wooffer - Children's Book Review

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This is a book about a puppy that c
hanges the opinions of those around
  him, wins hearts and becomes a rel
iable, heroic friend. Woofer earns
respect from all the animals for mi
les around and becomes a bit of a l
egend by the time he grows up.
children, book review, dog, animals
, adventure, fantasy, fiction

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Wooffer is a collection of thirty-t
hree short animal-adventure childre
n stories originally written by Bet
ty Fasig for her family. The center
 character is Wooffer, a hairy dach
shund puppy that "mom", the author,
 receives as a surprise Xmas gift f
rom her fun-loving family.
A host of animals grace the pages o
f Wooffer, including Old Agnes the
mouse, thoughtful and protective Ma
rgaret the hen, Marygrey the pregna
nt rabbit, a proud and endearing pe
acock named Cho Lee who loves to st
rut his stuff and falls in love wit
h a quail, and best friends Ibie th
e Ibis and Maudie the horse.

The stories are thoughtfully placed
 in chronological order, right down
 to the season. It even includes a
Xmas story! This is a book about a
puppy that changes the opinions of
those around him, wins hearts and b
ecomes a reliable, heroic friend. W
ooffer earns respect from all the a
nimals for miles around and becomes
 a bit of a legend by the time he g
rows up.

Generally warm, fun and light-heart
ed, Wooffer also tackles real-life
issues from moving, loneliness, gai
ning respect, discerning truth from
 what one is told, getting lost, ov
ercoming bullies and more.

Having spent a few years on a farm
in my youth, I see germs of truth i
n the animal relationships and can
verify the strange and wonderful bo
nds that happen between species. Th
e epilogue provides a nice closure
by revealing how all the animals st
ill return to the same area annuall
y and spend time with Wooffer and h
is friends discussing the old times
 and having new adventures.

Inserted occasionally are several a
dorable amateur drawings of life an
d adventures on the farm that are s
ure to entertain children. The cove
r is a photograph of the inspiratio
n for the main character _ the auth
or_s dog - which gives a more reali
stic feel to the book than a charac
terization or drawing could have do

The book_s underlying theme is that
 no matter how small a person may t
hink they are, or how small of a th
ing they may do _ they can make a d
ifference to the lives of those aro
und them. And this is an encouragin
g thought.

Wooffer is an excellent book for be
dtime stories, but will be best enj
oyed when reading to groups of chil
dren. Written in such a way that th
e reader can easily characterize th
e animals and situations with their
  voice, the book is sure to bring g
iggles of joy to groups of children
. As such, I think Wooffer would be
  an excellent addition to the books
helves of libraries, schools, dayca
re centers and the like.
ISBN#: 1-4137-5587-9
Author: Betty Fasig
Publisher: Publish America

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