Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Ladies and Gentlemen: We Have German Sheperds in the White House
First Dogs Champ and Major
Whatever your politics are, dog lovers are very excited to see dogs back in the White House. Joy McCullough's Champ and Major: First Dogs is a charming new picture book for young readers that tells their story of moving into some very interesting new digs when their dad is elected President. Wow! look at where they are!
Champ had been to the White House before when Dad was Vice-president. He has been able to show the new dog Major around. Major became a new addition to the Biden home when he was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ was in need of a friend and the Bidens chose to rescue Major to give him a forever home. Major began as a foster dog and quickly became a "foster fail" as the Bidens quickly fell in love with him and officially adopted him in November of 2018. Now in the White House, there will be many adventures and new training in order to live in this very important house.
Sheyda Abvabi Best contributed her talents as an illustrator and the illustrations are delightful. The illustrations help tell the story with the progression of events that led to the election and move to the White House. The simple text is easy for young readers to follow.
McCullough also includes her Author's Note to tell the story of how the Bidens acquired Major. She also includes information about good reasons to "Adopt, Don't Shop" for a new pet. Rescues make wonderful pets and there are both local organizations and national organizations that promote adoption of the animals that find themselves in a shelter for any number of reasons that are not their fault. She offers the bit of advice to foster a dog first to determine the fitness for your family and home situation. Fostering is now promoted in all of these organizations and most animals become "foster fails" as the family falls in love with the dog and decides to make the adoption official. McCullough also includes a historical timeline of the presidents who have had dogs in the White House.
Champ and Major: First Dogs was published by Dial Books, a division of Penguin Random House. It is recommended for ages 4-8 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-40714-1.
As a side note, many of you will have heard the news that Major had a brief squirmish while Mom has been on a business trip. A security agent received a small bite when Major was frightened by his presence. Both Major and Champ were taken back home to Delaware. The White House reports that both will be brought back to the White House when Mom Biden returns. Great news for these guys!
Delightful and Colorful Illustrations
A Great Picture Book and Story to Encourage Adoption of Homeless Pets
There is a renewed movement in our country to encourage adoption of homeless pets. There is also a renewed effort to make all organizations that house homeless pets "No Kill" shelters. I personally am involved with a shelter in my community to help network homeless pets and this shelter has reached a "no kill " status with great effort of the part of the shelter chief and her staff. Ironically, it was a homeless German Sheperd that caught my attention to this shelter seven years ago and I learned what it takes to network the dogs to find forever homes. I am very excited that the Bidens have these sheperds. It takes a village to save these homeless pets and this delightful picture book is a welcome addition to a home or school library to teach children about adopting homeless pets.
The information that McCullough includes at the end of the book is valuable advice for adoption from a shelter. Her advice that fostering is a great way to bring a dog into your home to make sure that there is a good fit for your family. She also advises that older dogs make great pets and these older dogs from shelters can be a rewarding experience when adopted.
Adopt, Don't Shop! when looking for a new pet for your family.
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