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Dogs Tell Their Own Special Stories in this Creative Book that Also Encourages Adoption

Updated on August 8, 2017
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Creative Book for Young Readers Encourages Pet Adoption

Dogs tell their own stories about their lives in going from a shelter to a loving family
Dogs tell their own stories about their lives in going from a shelter to a loving family | Source

It's a Dog's Life as Told by the Dogs Themselves

It's Open Mic Night at the Story Zoo with dogs being encouraged to stand and tell their stories about life as a dog. Each dog has a touching story that will make young readers laugh or cry. Boomer, Emma, Walter, and Wilmette take turns at the mic and contribute their individual stories to the fun. Boomer likes to fetch and he had a wish for a home with a family that would take him to the dog park to practice fetching. he got his wish when he was finally adopted from the shelter. Emma the poodle tells her story of being adopted and all the adventures that come with her new life. Walter the bulldog tells his story about being worried that his looks will keep him from being adopted. Wilmette is the final storyteller for the night and has a successful adoption story to tell. All of these dogs had challenges in getting a forever home. The lesson for young readers and their families is that patient families can be successful in adopting from shelters.

Dog Night at the Story Zoo is written in cartoon form and and the colorful cartoon-like illustrations help tell each dog's story about adventures in finding their forever home. This creative book was published by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin/Random House Publishing and is recommended for ages 7-10. It has an ISBN of 9781101918388.

Colorful Cartoon-Like Illustrations Tell the Stories from Shelter to Forever Homes

Open Mic Night provides dogs the opportunity to tell their stories.
Open Mic Night provides dogs the opportunity to tell their stories.
Cartoon-like illustrations tell the story of shelter life
Cartoon-like illustrations tell the story of shelter life
Boomer gets adopted and finds his  forever home.
Boomer gets adopted and finds his forever home.

Get Acquainted with the Author and Illustrator

Dan Bar-el is a children's author with several awards to his credit. He has published chapter books, picture books, and graphic novels for young readers. He has also worked as an educator and childcare provider for school age children. His career as an educator also includes service as a preschool teacher and a drama teacher. He also has taught creative writing. He has worked with children ages 3-13 over the past 21 years.

Bar-el was inspired by the SPCA to write his creative Dog Night at the Story Zoo. He feels strongly that a pet is a part of any family and makes a family complete.

Vicki Nerino contributed her talent as an illustrator for this engaging book. she enjoys drawing cartoons and illustrations. She also enjoys painting. Dog Night at the Story Zoo is her first book for children.

The SPCA and Its Contributions to Animal Adoption and Education for Pet Parents

Dan Bar-el credits the SPCA in his home city of Vancouver with providing inspiration for his new book Dog Night at the Story Zoo. He and his family adopted a cat from the SPCA. He writes in his introductory information about himself that he was introduced to Sasha, the cat that he adopted at the local SPCA. He believes that a pet is part of the family that adopts and that a pet completes a family. He also acknowledges the veterinarians who provide quality healthcare for the animals.

Each SPCA is a private, non-profit charity/shelter in many locations around the United States and also internationally. The organization is dedicated to rescue of homeless and abused animals that have been neglected. The mission of the SPCA is to serve communities by providing low-cost veterinarian services for pets, education for pet parents, and a variety of programs that bring animals and pet together. Pet parents may also obtain low-cost vaccinations for their pets. Low-cost spay-neuter is also a service that the SPCA provides for animals in the community. Public education for the proper care of animals is also part of the mission of the SPCA. You may find more information about the SPCA by visiting the website at www.spca.org. You may find your nearest SPCA shelter by typing your zip code into the central website. Find your new best friend at your local SPCA shelter or any shelter in your community. "Adopt, Don't Shop" has become a national goal for pet adoption around the country.

Illustrations Highlight Happiness and Well-Being of Shelter Animal that Finds a Forever Home

Family Portrait from Dog Night at the Story Zoo
Family Portrait from Dog Night at the Story Zoo

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