‘La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños’

Rating: 5 stars With "La Madre Goose" Susan Middleton Elya crowns herself as the queen of bilingual books. Some bilingual books have an English page facing a translation of the page in Spanish (or some other language). What Middleton Elya does is much more creative -- and much more difficult. In this book, for example, … Continue reading ‘La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños’

A puppy who had a litter of puppies; sweet loving pittie urgently needs rescue

Jackie is a once-in-a-lifetime puppy. She is mature beyond her years -- especially since she's not even one year old yet. She's already had a litter of puppies when she's just a puppy herself.When she was found as a stray, there were no puppies in sight. Did her owner sell the puppies and then dump … Continue reading A puppy who had a litter of puppies; sweet loving pittie urgently needs rescue

Heartless owner dumped senior chow chow in Tampa; he dies tomorrow

Update: Sammy was pulled and rescued. Sammie gave his owner 13 years of loyalty and attention. But now, he's old, his fur is thin, he has thyroid issues, and his anal sacs seem to be impacted. Instead of getting this faithful pet the medical care that he needs, his heartless owner dumped him at a … Continue reading Heartless owner dumped senior chow chow in Tampa; he dies tomorrow

Volunteers and former foster begging for help for this overlooked dog

Update: William/Mater was adopted! Cross fingers for a permanent home for this poor dog who has been in and out of the shelter for too long. Maybe if the shelter counseled adopters on proper introductions and how to ease a new dog into a household there wouldn't be as many returned dogs... Mater is a … Continue reading Volunteers and former foster begging for help for this overlooked dog

Sweet rottie abandoned because of illness, shelter is begging for rescue

Update: She was rescued!! A beautiful young Rottweiler's life may be tragically ended tomorrow unless a rescue steps up. Dana is only two years old, but she was surrendered to the shelter by her owner. According to a volunteer, her owner requested that Dana be killed, but the shelter declined to kill her. They have asked … Continue reading Sweet rottie abandoned because of illness, shelter is begging for rescue

Three picture books with animal duos

Three recently published picture books offer children charming animal duos with sparkling repartee and shared adventures. These are books for young readers -- aged three to eight. "Hog in the Fog" is the charmingly British story of Harry and Lil by Julia Copus and beautifully illustrated by Eunyoung Seo (Faber & Faber). Written in triple meter … Continue reading Three picture books with animal duos

‘Troublemaker’ by Linda Howard: Great light summer read

Rating: 4 1/2 stars "Troublemaker" by Linda Howard is another well-written romantic suspense by someone who knows how to write and keep the action (and romantic tension) moving. In "Troublemaker," the action begins in the first chapter when after an afternoon on his boat, Morgan Yancy, a paramilitary operative is shot and almost killed. And … Continue reading ‘Troublemaker’ by Linda Howard: Great light summer read

Four nonfiction picture books for older readers

Just because it's a picture book doesn't mean it's for babies! Many picture books are really aimed at older children, including these three picture books about history and important events. Each one is unique, beautifully illustrated, and perfect for the middle grade classroom. In "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (Spirit of the Civil Rights … Continue reading Four nonfiction picture books for older readers