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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.