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One Incredible Dog!: Lady
by Chris Williams
ages 4-8 32 pages Moo Press May 2004 Hardcover    

One Incredible Dog! Lady is the story of a therapy dog, one of the loving and carefully trained animals that help patients in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and special homes. Lady is a special breed and very gentle; she is comfortable around people of any age, doesn't growl and would never bite. This particular story takes place during one day when Lady goes on rounds with her handler, Kathy. With a bright red kerchief around her neck, Lady is ready to go.

When Lady and Kathy arrive at the hospital, they go from one patient to another: Lady rolls over for a little girl on crutches who wants to see a trick; she carries a basket of balls for elderly Mrs. Snow to toss from her walker, playing "fetch" so Mrs. Snow can get the exercise she needs; the therapy dog cheers up a boy who broke his leg in a skateboarding accident and wants to go home; and Lady walks back and forth down the hall, keeping pace with Mr. Evans, who just had a hip replacement.

This thoughtful story introduces children to a new concept, animals as more than pets, helpers who serve a number of community needs. The drawings are detailed pencil sketches, each illustration bordered with the handkerchief design Lady sports around her neck. For children of reading age, One Incredible Dog! Lady stimulates young minds to think outside of the box and consider how we and our pets can be useful members of society.

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