Saturday, July 21, 2018
Book Review: 'Megan's Birthday (Megan's World Book 4)' by Pamela Foland
Texas author Pamela Foland graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Business. She has a life long passion for pets. She has worked in numerous pet hotels as a dog trainer and is certified to teach pet first aid and CPR. This devotion to pets is the nidus for her many books about animals, well earned because she found and raised an abandoned litter of day-old kittens. And these ‘little munchkins’ are the inspiration for her series debut, Megan’s Munchkins. Of which MEGAN’S BIRTHDAY is Book 4. ‘Megan shows, by example, that caring for pets is a tremendous responsibility, but one of life’s most wonderful and enriching experiences.”
Pamela’s very real and sensitive manner in writing about her lead character and the associated munchkins is evident as her book opens: ‘I really want to go back to sleep. Why can’t we go later when the sun is up? Megan got up and trudged to her closet. “Good morning, babies. I can’t believe Mom woke me before you babies did." Megan pulled out the kittens’ food and put breakfast down for her babies. Her twenty-one-week-old kittens, Gizmo, Misty, Petey, and Chip, stretched and yawned as they jumped off the bed to get their food. As her kittens ate, Megan continued, “I can’t believe we have to go to the hospital to see Kevin’s baby now. I hate to admit this, but I’m scared to have to hold the baby. I wasn’t afraid at all to hold you kittens at one day old, but this is different. I can’t believe how fast you guys have grown. Look at my little munchkins. You’ve gotten so big.” Megan watched her babies eat as her mind wandered. She could still picture the tiny helpless one-day-old kittens she had found in the hedges. The day she decided she had to save these four babies, her life changed forever. She had spent five weeks bottle feeding the kittens every four hours and working extra hard to keep them a secret from her parents. When her secret was discovered, her parents, although upset with Megan’s lying, had agreed to allow her to keep her precious babies. Dr. Newton, the vet who met Megan and her kittens under the impression that she was part of a 4-H group, also forgave Megan when he learned the truth. To her relief, he agreed to continue charging her the discounted rate for her kittens. With her kittens in her life, Megan had become a straight A student and a responsible young girl with a steady pet sitting business. She had learned her lesson about lying and over the months since had made honesty her priority.’
But on to the storyline – ‘Megan Thompson is turning fourteen! Around caring for her growing kittens and helping her mom plan her birthday slumber party, Megan is pet sitting. This time she is caring for Bentley Stevenson, a German Shepard mix that doesn't trust many people. He made up to Megan at the Furry Friend Clinic, but how will he react to Megan in his house? Will this ninety-two-pound dog behave for Megan on their multiple daily walks? Megan can't wait for her birthday party, but first she has to keep Bentley safe until the Stevenson's return.’
A fine little story that emphasizes the impact and importance of relationships between people and animals – a lesson that cannot be repeated often enough! Grady Harp, July 18
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