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Why Dogs Are …, by Tana Thompson | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review | October 28, 2014

Why Dogs AreWhy Dogs Are …

By Tana Thompson; Illustrated by Marita Gentry

Hardcover: 32 pages

Age Range: 3-7

Publisher: Kendall Neff Publishing (November 1, 2014)

ISBN: 978-0989162401

What to expect: Dogs, Guide Dogs, God, Blind and Deaf Children

In an act of love, God seeks a companion for a blind and deaf child, Brian.

Using the fictional story of how dogs came to be on Earth, author Tana Thompson weaves a delicate and soothing story that highlights God’s ability to show his love to all, including the blind and deaf. The obvious signs of rainbows, blue skies, and singing birds that many of us take for granted will not be enough for Brian. God calls a meeting in Heaven and selects an unnamed animal to come to Earth to be Brian’s companion and a symbol of God’s love.

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Illustration copyright © 2014 by Marita Gentry. WHY DOGS ARE.

“Go to Brian and just love him. Stay by his side. Let him lean on you. Help him walk with confidence. Let him hug your neck. … From now on I will call you DOG—that’s God spelled backwards!”

Thompson’s tale is well written and the language is smooth. The pictures from Marita Gentry are a seamless complement to the story. With her use of whimsical watercolor illustrations in mostly pastel colors, each page offers a satisfying visual contentment. There are pages where no text is needed at all and the illustrations speak directly to the reader.

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Illustration copyright © 2014 by Marita Gentry. WHY DOGS ARE.

Diversity comes in many forms and having picture books that showcase compassion toward the blind and deaf are important additions to home and school libraries.

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About the Author

Tana Thompson taught information technology in universities for 30 years. Her last career position at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind allowed her to experience the exceptional love and devotion of parents, family and teachers who worked with very special children who inspired her writing. Now retired, Tana lives on a beautiful Alabama lake, with numerous rescued dogs and cats.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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