In this gentle and humane book, a rescued dog named Buddy speaks from his current loving home about the place he lived before his rescue; a home in which he lived out his days chained in the yard, with no shelter and sometimes no food.
The plight of the chained, neglected dog is handled in a sensitive manner; although Buddy’s memories are sad, they should not be too overwhelming for a young audience. Both children and adults will no doubt become more sensitive to the issue of constantly chained dogs after sharing this book.
Young horse lovers will gallop to this appealing, lushly illustrated picture book. And that’s a good thing–because it’s not just another collection of pretty pictures. There’s some real substance here, encouraging humane values and the inner strength to do what’s right.
When a young girl discovers a pinto horse who appears to be neglected and hungry, she and her grandmother contact the local humane society. Humane officers examine the horse and determine he needs to go to a rescue ranch, where the young girl continues to visit her new friend and watch his progress. Lucky ends the story a lucky horse indeed, healthy and happy at his new home.
With moneyed horse slaughter interests pushing hard to promote slaughterhouses as the best option for unwanted horses, it’s essential to get out the word about far kinder and more noble options for homeless equines. Let’s hope for a more humane future, as beautifully illustrated in the Gryphon Press books.
(Reviews originally appeared at goodreads.com)