My grateful thanks to Patricia Furstenberg, author of Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review. Patricia has featured on Linda’s Book Bag before with a super guest post that you can read here all about the importance of reading.
Published on 31st October 2017, Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is available for purchase here.
Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
A puppy’s first year is filled with findings, wiggles and laughter.
Puppies squirm in all the odd places, sniff all the strange objects, lick everything they can and find something to splash into even when we don’t want them to!
This book of poems explores the first year of a puppy’s life, going through an adventure after the other, one month at a time.
Puppy’s first days, puppy’s first weeks in a new home, puppy’s encounters with snow and the school bag, puppy’s duty to protect… What happens when puppy is full of good intentions, yet his actions go wrong?
Read the rhymes and laugh with your little one.
Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.
My Review of Puppy:12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
The first year in Puppy’s life sees a great many adventures and a lot to learn.
What a charming book this is. I must first commend Patricia Furstenberg on the fabulous quality of the illustrations as Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles could be enjoyed through the pictures alone as there is so much to look at and discuss. It would be just right for pre-school children. Although there are rhymes as suggested by the title, not all the text conforms to this pattern and I liked that. It means that language can be enhanced and explored whilst the story is being enjoyed.
I really liked the way the book is divided into months for the first year of Puppy’s life so that I could see a month per bedtime as a story, making it excellent value for money. In each month there’s a subtle moral or principle behind the story so that it might be about the importance of family at Christmas in December or the fact that starting school means attending every day and not just once as in the September tale, or the challenges of trying new experiences like going to the beach in July. All these elements means there’s something to talk about with young children and afford them the opportunity to consider what could be challenging concepts in a safe environment.
Another element that I found really satisfying was the underpinning love throughout. I felt as emotional as Granny at Christmas! Here we have a book that exemplifies caring for your family and being together, making it a lovely book to share together.
One thing I would say is that I think Puppy would be fantastic for merchandising. Any child would adore a Puppy cuddly toy (and so would this adult!).
About Patricia Furstenberg
Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs. Patricia became taking writing seriously after becoming one of the WYO Christie winners. She enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them it in attractive, child-friendly ways while adding sensitivity and lots of love.
All of Patricia’s children’s books are available here.