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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy is a children’s book written by Billie Kelpin and illustrated by Julie Parker. Lucky lives with Mrs. Poppyset and his two dog friends, Shortstuff and Rags. Lucky seems to be doing everything a little bit differently than the other two dogs. When they play fetch with Mrs. Poppyset, Shortstuff and Rags run to one side of the yard, while Lucky runs to the other. It happens at night too. When they all pile up on the bed, Mrs. Poppyset is snuggled up with Shortstuff and Rags, and Lucky’s on the other side of the bed by himself. One day, the dogs are seen by a talent agent who decides that they could be the next dog stars, but when they begin to perform a twirling act on the stage, Lucky twirls in the wrong direction. The director calls for the animal trainer who soon discovers the truth -- Lucky is Left-Pawed.
Billie Kelpin’s children’s book, Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy, is sure to make a lot of lefties quite happy. I know it did that for me from the moment I saw the title. Yes, I’m left-handed and quite proud of the fact, but it still meant crouching around to write on tiny desks designed for right-handed people and being expected to play sports and do just about everything as if I were right-handed. Kelpin’s book shows lefties and righties alike that while there are some pretty basic differences between us, it’s really all right. Her words in the beginning of the book remark on the left-handed person’s ability to adapt but stress that learning to use one’s dominant hand can transform being able into becoming excellent. Wise words indeed. Her lively and entertaining story is accompanied by Parker’s brightly colored and amusing water-color illustrations. How I wish there were books like this when I was a child, but then again, I’m still thrilled to have found this one now. Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy is most highly recommended.