Monday, August 1, 2011

BUDDY'S TAIL by K. Anne Russell

“Buddy’s Tail” by K. Anne Russell

Buddy’s Tail is such a nice book for children from about Fourth Grade and up.  This book is NOT a book for younger children than this age, as it does involve dogs who die, and could be very upsetting to younger children who may not understand this.
This book is really neat in that it is told from the Dog’s point of view.
Buddy is a full-size standard poodle, and does not have much luck with Humans at all.  For some reason Humans always seem to leave Buddy behind.  Thankfully, Buddy’s has some really good dog friends who help to take care of him, but, unfortunately, one day, one of Buddy’s friends meets his demise, and eventually, so does Buddy 
When Buddy does meet his demise, he still has one wish left in life.  It is to live with a Human who does truly love him.  His wish is granted, but Buddy must understand when it is his time to go again, and ‘The Good Shepherd’ dog comes for him, he must go with him without any complaints or more wishes wanted being granted.  Buddy agrees to this and lives a wonderful life with a human and another dog, very happily.
The Good Shepherd does come for Buddy, as promised, and Buddy does go.
Buddy does end up having to help future dogs come to ‘Dog Haven’.  One time he helps a dog in Afghanistan who sniffs out bombs, and unintentionally helps a human while guiding the dog.  This is against the rules.  Buddy is not to have any type of interaction with humans because doing so may cause Buddy to ’not’ be able to stay in Dog Haven.
Buddy has to go to what I would describe as “Dog Court”.  It is there that they must decide if Buddy has gone against the rules or not.  Since this description IS on the back of the book, I can say this without giving spoilers, it was decided that Buddy is NOT an offender of the rules, and he can stay in “Dog Haven”.
This is such a nice chapter book for kids to read.  It is very engaging.  The author has a very nice talent in engaging the reader to feel what these dogs all feel for each other.  She helps teach kids lessons that are so valuable to them, such as the simplest of tasks in caring for a dog.  For instance, you ‘must’ give a dog food and water in order for it to live, and you just can’t leave a dog and not care for it.
These lessons taught are things that must be done if kids are to own a dog or even if they have a friend who owns a dog.  There are so many good lessons for children in this book, I think every child should read this book if they own a dog or not.  This book teaches responsibility.  I HIGHLY recommend this book.
FOR PARENTS:  For those of you who want to know exactly what their children are reading, the back of this book does describe exactly what this book is about and what is in this book.  I say this because I have read this book and you may enjoy reading it yourself as well.
I received this book for “FREE” from the Author, in exchange to read this book and write a review about it.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This book is part of my "Summer Giveaway Hop"!  Go to the ***GIVEAWAYS*** TAB TO ENTER!

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