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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
If you love poetry and dogs or have a friend, family member, or co-worker who does, As Good as Gold: A Dog's Life in Poems by Patricia Furstenberg is for you. As soon as I read some of the selections, which are interspersed with photographs of adorable canines, I thought of all the dog lovers I know for whom this would make a delightful gift. Containing thirty-five rhymed and unrhymed poems divided into four sections -- Questions, Colours, Musings, and Haiku – this entertaining collection is sure to have a poem to please everyone. Anyone who has ever had a dog in his or her life will relate to the experiences and images the poems evoke.
In As Good as Gold, Furstenberg captures the daily doings, the unique humor, the amusing adventures, the cute cuddliness, and the utter charm of being man’s best friend. Whether it’s encounters with other animals, baying at the moon, lying in the sun, getting a good mud bath after a rain, being jealous of a book, playing with the snowmen, or knocking things down from the pantry, we’ve all had dogs do it. The playful antics of puppies are a heartwarming feature. In lines like “It’s night, the Moon is out and all are sleeping, all but Pup/Who tries to smell the Snowman through the window glass./“I hope he won’t be leaving till the morning,/It’s eggs and bacon; I better warn him,” Furstenberg captures the special wonder of puppyhood. Told with clear affection for the four-footed members of many of our families, As Good as Gold is an enjoyable read.