Book Review of Molly’s Miracle: A Chosen Dog, Not A Broken Dog
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Written by W. B. Murph
Illustrated by Luca Mendieta
Ages 5+ | 30 Pages
Publisher: WonderBeagMurph Press (2023) | ISBN-13: 9798988246213
What to Expect: Pets, responsibility, amputation, disability, perseverance
Molly’s Miracle: A Chosen Dog, Not A Broken Dog is a heart-wrenching but uplifting story about the life of a rescue dog, told from her unique perspective.
Molly didn’t understand why her family stopped loving her. When she was a puppy, they used to play with her and take her for walks, but when she grew up, they yelled at her, threw things at her, and locked her in a cage. Then, one day, Molly escaped! Free from her cruel family but badly injured during her escape, Molly tried scraping a living on the streets, longing for food, comfort, and love, but finding only cruelty. Then, one day, an animal shelter takes her in and amputates her damaged leg. Can an animal as badly damaged as Molly ever find a loving home? Time will tell.
Sweet, vulnerable, and determined, Molly is an utterly relatable main character, showing readers just how it feels to be unwanted, unloved, and alone—and how right it feels when you finally find the place where you belong. The simple text and cartoon-style illustrations soften the distressing events while still underscoring the story’s central message about our responsibility to the animals we have domesticated. A reflection activity at the end of the story encourages readers to think more deeply about pet ownership, empathy, and commitment.
Molly’s Miracle: A Chosen Dog, Not A Broken Dog is an emotive and instructive story about animal welfare, perfect for any pet lover.
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About the Author
W.B. Murph is a 5-year-old Beagle living his best life in Colorado. He whispers story ideas to his ever-faithful, former veterinary nurse human, who writes them down, as Beagles are not so very good at holding a pencil. Murph’s stories focus on children from all circumstances, with all abilities, and their less-than-typical dogs. Murph tells tales of love, acceptance, and equality for all because when we learn to love our differences, we start to live our best lives – just like Murph! Find out more about them at their website.
For more information, visit https://www.murphwrites.com/.
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