Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
We love dogs and it seems that most children love dogs, too. Dogs have become quite a teaching tool that people are using in many therapies now. This book, BUILDING CHARACTER with Sam, Izzy & Man Other Dogs, is full of cute illustrations that children and adults alike can relate too. It's also easy to read.
My son who is a fifth grader loved reading about the dogs with a few cats who were added for character building for the dogs benefit. At times he laughed out loud, such as when the dog sticks its tongue out at the cat (dog is a poor sport). The pictures, which in my opinion, are better than illustrations because they are so much more realistic which makes it feel like one is right there with the animals.
This book has a lot of diversity . . . different types of dogs and puppies are pictured either doing a good thing or doing the wrong thing. A few cats were added to show how the dogs should act or react to the situation with good behavior.
Not an animal lover? This is still one of the best and cutest books I've come across that stresses the importance of character in animals and children.
As the old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." So, this book shows us that we can teach character by using pictures of animals who are not showing "what is the right way" to behave.
This book seems geared toward the older child (ages 9-12) but as a parent, I think, an adult could read and show the pictures to a younger child and talk about character issues. It's never too early to instill good character in a child.
I loved the two dogs playing tug of war on page 47. Under the picture it reads... "Two dogs playing tug of war: It is about having fun. It doesn't matter who wins. These two dogs will stay best friends." Oh! that we would teach our children the "fun" of life and that sports, the arts and many more life issues are for our teaching. We can still be friends with those we play with/against. Now that's true character!
This is an excellent 5 star book for parents, teachers and children alike!