Dr. Wilda Reviews: A Day With Dutchess: Life Lessons From A Blind Therapy Dog

2 Oct

Moi recveived a complimentary copy of A Day With Dutchess: Life Lessons From A Blind Therapy Dog. Marianne Richmond writes in What Makes a Good Children’s Book?

1. Strong characters who evoke strong emotion
Good children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, offer a sense of joy. They can make us laugh or cry by giving us a character we want to care about….
2. A Story that Teaches
Good stories can teach simple concepts about numbers, letters or colors — OR they can teach about diversity, love, manners, and acceptance.
3. Mind-expanding illustrations, vocabulary or concepts
http://thewritepractice.com/childrens-book/

Here is information about the book:

A Day with Dutchess: Life Lessons from a Blind Therapy Dog
Condon, Mark
Media Type: Book
Format: Paperback
Pages: 46
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publish Date: 2013
ISBN: 0615764290
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780615764290
Language: English
Dimensions: 21.08 x 0.51 x 21.08 cm
Weight: 140g
Condition: Brand New
Postage: Free!
SKU: MM-00345437

First, the book is a story of compassion and it teaches children about compassion. Dutchess begins life as a frisky puppy who had a hereditary disease and later went blind. But, the blindness did not prevent Dutchess from her mission of helping others. She works with autistic children and is able to reach them in a way that many can’t. Dutchess not only connects with people, but she has compassion for her fellow creatures. Penny the cat finds a forever home because of Dutchess. This is more than a sweet story about an appealing pooch that is well written and illustrated; it is about life lessons and values.

Thomas Plante, Ph.D. wrote in the Psychology Today article, Can You Teach Compassion?

Yet research also suggests that compassion can be taught throughout the lifespan too….
Additional research in my lab and elsewhere also highlights the power of observational learning and modeling of compassion. We watch and learn from important others and do what they do. Often these models are close to home such as friends and family, co-workers, and so forth. Yet, we also value and observe the more famous models too… http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/do-the-right-thing/201401/can-you-teach-compassion
Books like Dutchess model life lessons of compassion and overcoming life challenges. That is why this is a useful book for teaching values and gives parents the chance for a teachable moment.

Resources:

Raise a Compassionate Child                                                                                                                                                    http://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/raise-a-compassionate-child/

How to Instill Compassion in Children                                                                                                                       http://www.rootsofaction.com/how-to-instill-compassion-in-children/

The Dutchess book site: http://www.dutchessthetherapydog.com/ See, When a Therapy Dog Becomes Blind: Meet Dutchess, the Subject of a New Children’s Book http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeryl-brunner/dutchess-blind-therapy-dog_b_4384588.html

Dr. Wilda gives A Day With Dutchess: Life Lessons From A Blind Therapy Dog a thumbs up.

Other Reviews:

New kids book shares tale of blind therapy dog                                                                                                          http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/New-kids-book-shares-tale-of-blind-therapy-dog-4795181.php

A Day with Dutchess: Life Lessons from a Blind Therapy                                                                                 http://www.astheygrowup.com/2014/01/a-day-with-dutchess-life-lessons-from.html

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