Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Matthew Schneider
Title:  Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend
This is a picture book specifically created for memory-impaired adults and is designed to be used in a shared reading experience with a family member, caregiver or friend.  It is not a continuous story – each set of pages has it’s own story and picture, so the book can be read a little at a time or all at once. The print is large, the language is simple and the pictures of dogs and their owners are delightful.  The back of the book has conversation starters for each set of pages, as well as activity ideas. The front of the book includes interaction guidelines for the caregiver.  This book can be an effective tool for building connections with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The Man Who Lives With Wolves

From Donna Southard
Title: The Man Who Lives With Wolves
Author:  Shaun Ellis
I found out about this book after reading Jodi Picoult’s book, Lone Wolf.  Picoult developed her character based on the real life experiences of Shaun Ellis.  Wolves have always intrigued me and I wanted to learn more about a person who devoted his life to understanding wolves. I found it fascinating that Ellis altered his whole human life to relate to the wolves and I admired how he acted as a bridge between the wolf world and human world to educate humans about wolves and dogs.  I highly recommend this book to readers who respect nature and who care about how humans are impacting it.

Water for Elephants

From Judith Schroback
author: Gruen, sara
 Water for Elephants
 I think I’m one of the few people who didn’t love this book.  I was intrigued with the characters and the story but I felt both could have been developed more.  The leading lady fell short of getting to the hearat of her emotions.  I also would have liked more interaction with the elephant.  I am glad I read it but I would have liked more.

The Search

From Chris
author: Roberts, Nora
The Search
Fiona is a single, dynamic woman living on remote Orcas Island.  Here she operates a dog obedience training school and also belongs to a Search & Rescue Team.  She enjoys her quiet life but becomes intrigued when Simon enters it.

I read this over a couple of days in the summer when there were very few interruptions.  I liked learning about rescue operations, enjoyed the drama and mystery which became part of the story and particularly was amused by the development of Fiona and Simon’s relationship. It’s an easy read.

Because of Winn-Dixie

From Chloe Rafferty
author: DiCamillo, Kate
Because of Winn-Dixie
This book was amazing!!! it’s about a girl named Opal who finds a dog in the supermarket. When the manager says to call the pound, Opal saves the dog by saying he is hers. she names him Winn-Dixie, because of where she met him. They become best friends, and Winn-Dixie finds more friends for them including Gloria Dump, Ms.Franny, Sweetie Pie Thomas, Otis, Amanda Wilkinson, and Dunlap and Stevie Dewberry. Any person of any age will enjoy this book.

Beast Behaving Badly

From Jody Bassuk
author: Laurenston, Shelley
Beast Behaving Badly
Very enjoyable.    it’s a lot of fun reading about Blayne’s, a wolf-dog hybrid drifter, and Bo’s, a bear-cat hybrid, encounters and eventual relationship.  It’s fast moving and the characters acceptances of each others differences is highly amusing.  He’s all about keeping on schedule and she doesn’t even have a watch that works.  I highly recommend this book.