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In My Brother Javi: A Dog's Tale by Tracy Stopler, a mom spoke with care and love to her baby Javi: “We’re not the same, but we’re equal. It’s our differences rather than our similarities that make us special.” Javi’s mother was very wise. As a Shih Tzu, Javi knows more about the importance of friendship and accepting change than anyone else, human or dog, and he shares his love with both his human and dog family. Javi knows life can be confusing, as his sister died shortly after birth and his brother was never born. His mother is full of love and wisdom and she convinces Javi that he has some unique superpowers and that he’ll become a superhero to the family that takes him home forever. That family, as it turns out, includes Binah, his adopted baby sister. What more could a dog want than a happy, loving home and lots of friends, both dogs and humans?
Tracy Stopler’s book, My Brother Javi: A Dog’s Tale, is a heartwarming account of a very special dog and an entire community of dogs. Javi is the main character and most of the story is told in the first person narrative from Javi’s point of view because it was written down in his diary. His best friend and adopted sister Binah finds the diary and shares the story, interspersed with some of her memories. The plot follows Javi’s life until sadly, Javi dons his hero cape and goes to the great doggy heaven beyond. The story doesn’t end when Javi passes away as it lives on through his friends and in his diary. The author has woven a compassionate story told with care and love about one very brave furry friend. Life is full of ups and downs, but the loving heart of a dog will carry us all through the best and the worst times. Just like Javi and Binah. A beautiful story. Loved it!