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I bought this book for my 7 year old, who is an advanced and mature reader. She is also an animal lover and dreams of being a veterinarian. I hoped she would love this book. However, not only is the book poorly written on a grammatical and syntactical level, there is almost no plot; the entire book is simply a thinly veiled didactic text on the suffering of animals in puppy mills and shelters.
While those are important messages, they shouldn't be so viscerally described in a book for children. My daughter ran to me in tears at the first description of mother dog's reaction to the death of the runt of the litter - a death that was dwelled upon and described in detail.
I then read the book for myself, and it went downhill from there; from descriptions of hip dysplasia in golden retrievers, from a plot driven by nothing more than a series of abandonment and uncommitted owners, to a very annoying dog narrator (apparently only concerned with where she can "piddle" next), to poor grammar, to lectures on spaying and neutering pets.
All of these ideals are good messages- and should be delivered to children appropriately and without guise. This is not a "tale" or an "adventure", and shouldn't be marketed as such, nor should it have passed the editor's desk without major changes.
If you're a dog or even an animal lover, this book is for you. The book is told from the point of view of the Golden Retriever, Ginger, who starts out her life with her litter mates in a puppy mill. Ginger and her litter mates are then sold to a pet store and from there Ginger goes from one home to another. This book is amazing for all ages be it a little one who loves dogs, to a great bed time book, to anyone who loves animals. This book is not only entertaining but it also teaches you about the horrors that are puppy mills, the dog breed's history, and all about breed rescues to finding the right dog for you.
Bought the digital for my 8 year old granddaughter for her birthday. She loved it. This is a series, so if you have a dog lover, this is great. I'd say the level is an advanced 8 year old - 11 year old. It's got a message, too. This was her first e-book. Very successful on the Kindle Fire.
i bought this book for my 7.5 year old who was reading at a 4th grade level, but did not enjoy reading. This book changed everything for her. She went from fighting reading all the time to being a voracious little reader. She loves all of the Dog Diaries books that she's read so far, but Ginger is so far her favorite book.