A Dog Like Daisy


by: Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Max meets A Dog Called Homeless in this sweet and poignant middle grade novel told from the humorous, thoughtful perspective of a rescued pit bull as she trains to be a service dog for an injured veteran and his family. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again? Determined to become the elite protector the colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She’ll accept the ridiculous leash and learn to sit, heel, shake, even do your business, Daisy when told to. But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she’s so desperate to guard—again. From School Library Journal Gr 4–7—Narrated by Daisy, a dog with a flower-shaped imprint around her eye, this heartwarming novel is about the rigorous training necessary to become an effective service dog. While Daisy is sensitive, loyal, and insightful, she discovers that these are not qualities that Colonel Victor needs for handling his post-traumatic stress disorder. She is selected to become a useful "tool" rather than a simple pet. When Daisy ultimately fails all of her service training tests, it seems that she is destined to return to the pound. However, she comes to realize that she has the potential to fulfill another equally indispensable job for a new family as a beloved companion. Tubb's frequent use of metaphors and similes throughout enables readers to comprehend a dog's point of view. Phrases such as "petting is a joy like sunshine" and "false enthusiasm tastes like salt water" and comparisons (e.g., "leashes" being described as an "indignity") are clever additions to the text and make this title accessible and appealing. Even "danger" has a specific "taste." Other animals in Daisy's world make strong impressions. Smaug, an elderly bearded dragon companion of the colonel's son, emerges with surprising understanding and awareness. Avid canine lovers will surely appreciate the intimate look at Daisy's yearning for purpose. The focus on the less common topic of service dogs should enlighten readers about the ways our four-legged companions function as more than just pets. VERDICT A poignant animal tale, and a strong addition to most collections.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY Review “Daisy’s wry comments on human foibles and eccentricities...combine to paint a moving picture of suffering and, ultimately, redemption. Daisy is distinctive and memorable, and this depiction of PTSD is useful, making this a fine, compelling tale.” (Kirkus Reviews) “Avid canine lovers will surely appreciate the intimate look at Daisy’s yearning for purpose. The focus on...service dogs should enlighten readers about the ways our four-legged companions function as more than just pets. A poignant animal tale, and a strong addition to most collections.” (School Library Journal) “Daisy’s voice is strong, painting a world with canine synesthesia: happy days are yellow, untruths taste like turkey bacon. With joint appeal to children of soldiers and dog-lovers, this is likely to find a broad audience.” (Booklist Online) “The emotional journey of veterans experiencing PTSD is a difficult subject, and this book explores it with empathy and candor. The commitment of these characters—human and canine—to confront their past and find freedom in the future offers an inspiring example of personal resilience.” (Chapter 16) “Beautifully written, this big-hearted book is filled with courage, guts, loyalty, and hope, just like Daisy herself. Truly a celebration of the healing power of lov


Product Code: 9780062463241
ISBN: 0062463241
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
Number of Pages: 192 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 5.79 x 0.91 x 8.31 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds