Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book Review: 'New Friends' by Wendy Van de Poll

Author Wendy Van de Poll is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium, and Communicator. She is the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard! Wendy is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support. Wendy is dedicated to providing a safe place for her clients to express their grief over the loss of their pets. She has penned eleven books about animals, each dealing with fine stories and solid lessons in support coping with pet loss. Her new book – NEW FRIENDS – is enhanced with fine illustrations by Danilo Krlovic.

Ms Addie Pants is a dog who is Annie’s pet and wants to teach Addie about best friends. First lesson is eating from Gus the cat’s food and Annie teaches the concept of kindness and asking permission for such an act. Addie goes for a walk and dashes into the house to share the experience with Gus – without watching wiping his feet. Another lesson. When young Eric comes to visit Addie jumps with joy ONTO Eric – another lesson to be courteous. Again she makes a mistake – running with Gracie’s pull-toy and learns the lesson of sharing. Finally relaxing after a learning day Addie is bothered by Chester the bird and is trying to play with the bird Addie hurts Chester – and apologizes tearfully. Addie is afraid she will be turned out because of all her blunders, but the entire family gathers round to reassure Addie she is loved – and the family decides Addie could go to dog school!

And that is where we leave Addie and her family and friends – ready to go off to dog school – and that is the next adventure book in this series. Wendy writes well, being supportive on every page while allowing children to learn about good behavior in a most congenial way. This is bound to be a very successful series of books by a charming author and illustrator. Grady Harp, March 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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