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*Lucky: A Dog's Best Friend* by Gus Clarke

Lucky: A Dog's Best Friend
by Gus Clarke
Ages 4-8 32 pages Kane/Miller September 2005 Paperback    

Lucky is an adorable dog living at a local animal shelter. He has everything he needs Ė food, water, friends and a comfortable bed. But what he would really like is a loving home. As Lucky watches his friends being adopted to good homes, he wonders if he will ever find a family of his own - until he realizes that family is where you find it, and his lives at the shelter.

This is a charming story that will no doubt inspire a child to want a shelter pet, and thatís a good thing. The colorful illustrations and simple text by Gus Clarke will delight younger children, but it is the fact that a percentage of the proceeds from the book go to benefit FOCAS, Friends of County Animal Shelters, that will please adults. And that is a great thing.

Lucky is one lucky dog, all right, and this book can teach children the value of looking for that perfect pet in a local shelter, rather than from a breeder or other outlet that adds to the existing overpopulation of dogs and cats. And thatís the best thing of all.

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