(Thank you to Barbara Techel for sending me a copy of this delightful book for review.)
Frankie, The Walk 'n Roll Dog is the true story a miniature dachshund who has an accident and is unable to use or feel her back legs. This is the inspiring story of her and her owners' courageous battle to overcome this challenge, and lead a normal, happy life.
The book is written in first person by Frankie. She tells the story of her life in delightful, descriptive language: from first meeting and going home with her 'mom'; to trips to the farmers market in the basket of mom's bicycle; through her recovery and fitting in a dog wheel-chair. Even though sad and scary things happen in the book and emotions are expressed, the overall feel of the book is one of hope and healing and fun.
The illustrations are bright and colorful. The textured cartoonish look takes up the whole page, and makes you feel that you are right there with Frankie and her family.
My seven and nine year old daughters read this book as soon as we got it in the mail. I have to admit that I had to intervene, because they were fighting over who got to read it first. They both very much enjoyed the book, as did my two year old and four year old. I think children of all ages, and adults also, will enjoy and feel inspired by reading Frankie's story.
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