JJ the American Street Dog…Book Review

Hey, all, it’s Sher today with a book review for JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live In Our House. I grew up with both dogs and cats, and even though we only have cats and chickens now, I also love dogs. I believe pets’ loving natures help children learn to be kind and loving as well, and it doesn’t hurt that pets provide children the extra attention parents don’t always have time to give when needed. So let’s get on with the blurb:

 

About the book:

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JJ THE AMERICAN STREET DOG AND HOW HE CAME TO LIVE IN OUR HOUSE
By Diane Rose-Solomon

Publication Date: December 2012, ISBN: 978-0-9857690-1-7
Hard Cover $16.99: 32 illustrated pages: Trim: 8.5 x 8.5
SOP3 Publishing: Available online at http://www.sop3publishing.com/ and Amazon

Summary:

JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live In Our House aims to educate children and adults about animal rescue. The author, Diane Rose-Solomon, is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and has been involved with rescue for 18 years since she adopted a homeless dog. Just as she was about to buy a dog from a breeder, the real JJ was found by a friend, and the rest they say, is history.

The purpose of the book is to raise awareness about animal rescue and a percentage of profits are also donated to animal rescue organizations. The more books sold, the more people become aware, and the more animals that are saved.

In JJ The American Street Dog (Mom’s Choice Award Winner), children ages five to nine will identify with Maya who has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember. When her uncle finds a homeless puppy (JJ), Maya begs to keep him. But her mom isn’t sure about a dog from the street. In the end, Maya and her family learn that adopting a rescue pet is a win-win. JJ gets a loving home, and Maya gets the dog she’s always wanted.

Publisher:

SOP3 Publishing
310.963.3394

Contact: Diane Rose-Solomonom

diane (@) sop3.com

 

Praise:

Global Animal: New Children’s Book About Animal Rescue Teaches Good Adoption Values

article by Alisa Manzelli

LOS ANGELES – JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, is the first book in a series by Diane Rose-Solomon. Children ages five to nine will identify with six-year-old

Maya who has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember. When her uncle finds a homeless puppy (JJ), Maya begs to keep him. But her mom isn’t sure. In the end, Maya and her family learn that adopting a rescue pet is a win-win. JJ gets a loving home, and Maya gets the dog she’s always wanted.

JJ The American Street Dog is an exciting and uplifting, beautifully illustrated story that teaches kids and adults about animal homelessness, basic animal care, spay and neuter (worded appropriately for children), pet adoption, and the unconditional love people get from their family pet. Children also can draw a parallel between themselves and animals when they feel excluded, and learn that everyone matters.

The timing of the book is perfect as Los Angeles recently voted to ban the sale of commercially bred pets in pet stores. Other major cities plan to follow suit.

“I hope all children read this book and help homeless animals…” Paula Fasseas, Founder and Chair of PAWS Chicago (Pets are Worth Saving).

“What a wonderful and heart warming story about a child’s first rescue pet…”
Dr. Jessica H. Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT California Animal Rehabilitation.

“A little love makes the world better for everyone. JJ The American Street Dog is an inspirational children’s picture book from Diane Rose-Solomon and illustrator Rachel Cellinese as she presents a story of young Maya, who wants to take in a homeless dog from the street and names it JJ. Teaching a lesson about strays and helping prevent dog overpopulation, JJ The American Street Dog is a must for dog loving kids picture book collections., recommended.” James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Examiner.com book review:

Humane Society University:

This is the first book by Ms. Rose-Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist. The topics of the next four books in the JJ series are: Basic training; Introducing a baby to a home that has a dog; The importance of service and therapy dogs; and Prejudice against certain breeds. She is available for speaking engagements. More reviews and interviews available on the website.

A percentage of book sale profits benefit animal rescue organizations.

 

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Sher again. Time for my book review:
JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our HouseJJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House by Diane Rose-Solomon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book with a good idea of how I would feel about the message. What’s not to love about a book promoting adoption of homeless animals? I was a little worried about the delivery until I loaned the book to a family with young children to see how a twelve-year-old and four-year-old liked it. They both loved it. Knowing children are the target audience, I felt better.

Next hurdle, how would JJ do with adults? After all, no matter how much kids might beg for a pet, parents usually make the decision. I’m happy to say I liked the book as well. For me, the art wasn’t as important as it would be for children, but it complemented the story. I liked the pastels, the facial expressions conveying emotion, and the simplified backgrounds. But I liked the text even more. It didn’t gloss over the realities of pets: some owners neglect and/or abandon them. The book encourages trying to find owners of strays, a crucial step before adoption. Since my 14-year-old cat got lost for almost two months last winter when we moved, I’ll be forever grateful to the woman who contacted me because she saw my flyer before she found my cat, near death. The vet bill was substantial but worth every penny, so I was happy to see this book covers health problems and neutering along with the more frequent pet care expenses like feeding and making sure the pet has someone to watch over it when the owners aren’t home. At the end, I liked the explanation of inspiration for JJ. It’s also nice that part of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations.

So I’m back to the beginning. What’s not to love? 5 stars. If children like pets, they should read this book to understand why so many need help and how to give that help. If they don’t like pets, they need to read this book to learn compassion. Good reason to add JJ to your gift list this holiday season. It’s hard to pinpoint the youngest age group to understand the message, but even toddlers should enjoy most of the story. Tweens and teens might prefer reading to younger children so as not to be embarrassed about reading a picture book. All in all, JJ is a great family present, especially for those considering getting a pet. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Take note that there’s another book about JJ just published, JJ Goes to Puppy School, so don’t worry if your kids want more!

 

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