Title: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street
Author: Debbie Burton
Illustrator: Jenny Laskowski
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
“Jen’s right. I won’t give up. I want to beat Blitz at the next derby. I’ll show him,” Buddy determinedly declares in Debbie Burton’s children’s book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street.
~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets children ages six to nine years old. With no scary scenes, it focuses on a young beagle named Buddy who is determined to fully recuperate after having surgery. The end of the book contains five discussion questions, an explanation about the story, and the author’s and illustrator’s biographies.
Based on a true story, this debut tale centers on a rescue canine and how his new owners brought him home and taught him to listen and obey. When he breaks the rules and gets seriously injured, his surgery slows the animal down. Only with hard work and determination does the dog learn a lesson not only about obedience but also about friendship with another dog.
This is a nice ten-chapter book for any young reader who loves dogs, especially beagles. I love how the writer pegs the breed as one who is led by its nose, loves to eat, and is rewarded for doing the right thing. The story is tender in how the dog’s owners do everything in their willpower to help cure the injured dog including surgery, water therapy, and physical exercises. With the underlying tone of dealing with a bully, the ending is thoughtful and helpful by showing care and concerns for others instead of retaliation.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about a dog being injured and healing may not appreciate the read. Since we had a beagle who jumped off our bed and had to be put down immediately due to its tragic injury, the story was sad to read as I recalled our furry friend going through some of the same experiences. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three- and four-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
While I appreciated this being a chapter book for the targeted age group, I wish more illustrations were added.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that promotes determination and spirit while dealing with an injury and a bully, this is an ideal story for elementary-school-aged children.
Thanks to Elk Lake Publishing and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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