Off We Go!

A Tale of Skye Terriers

Children - Animals
66 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2024
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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

Off We Go! A Tale Of Skye Terriers by Judith Tabler is a picture book for young children. The story follows a young pup born into a litter of eight. As soon as she emerges from her mother, she smells a wonderful smell; milk! She suckles on and drifts into a blissful sleep. As time goes by, the young pup starts to notice that she's not like her siblings, and this leads to her being the last pup to find a forever home. As new people come and go, the pup tries to make them like her, until finally, two nice people say they want her. The pup is overjoyed and can't wait to move to her new home. After a while, the pup learns something that changes the way she sees herself. Can you guess what she learned? Find out in this fun and adventurous book.

Off We Go! was a pleasure to read. From start to finish, the author had me hooked on the storyline; I love puppies! The story melted my heart as it shows how people's differences make us who we are. Children will certainly learn the important message Judith Tabler is trying to teach, and using a puppy to do so is brilliant. The writing is flawless and reads well; children will follow along with ease and soak up Judith's beautiful words. The illustrations are adorable and make the book that much more enjoyable. I hope to see more from Judith soon and wish her all the best in her writing journey. Keep up the great work. Children are going to love this book!

Maria Victoria Beltran

Off We Go! A Tale of Skye Terriers by Judith Tabler is an endearing children’s book that details the life of Bobbi, a Skye Terrier puppy. Beautifully illustrated by Janice Zuckerman, the story unfolds on a beautiful day when Bobbi is born. The next few pages narrate the different life stages of the Skye Terrier puppies. Born in a litter of eight, one of Bobbi’s earliest memories is the feeling of hunger, the smell of milk, and the instinct to inch toward his mother and latch on to suckle milk. What follows is a day-to-day description as Bobbi learns to walk, play with his brothers and sisters, and interact with people. Then comes the day when all the puppies are ready to go to new owners.

Judith Tabler’s Off We Go! is an endearing animal tale told from the perspective of a Skye Terrier puppy. Designed to introduce young readers to this ancient dog breed, it is a heart-warming read. The illustrations are realistic and give readers an idea of how dignified and beautiful this breed is. The story also shows that the puppy has a good temperament and is quite reflective. It is easy to relate to Bobbi as he narrates his daily life and his discovery that he is different from his brothers and sisters. The author creatively ascribes human traits to the puppy so reading this book to children should help them empathize with Bobbi and teach them to treat animals with kindness. Highly recommended!

Miguel Angel Hernandez Jr.

Off We Go! A Tale of Skye Terriers is a children's picture book about the endangered breed, Skye Terriers, focusing on a dog named Bobbi. Originally named Purple, the point of view is through Bobbi's eyes. Author Judith Tabler talks about how Bobbi progresses from a pup to living and learning with his siblings. Being able to see and experience so many different sounds and smells is a blessing, as well as growing through them with his family. Bobbi is amazed by how the humans help him and his siblings by cleaning up after them. As they get older, each of his siblings gets a color-coded collar and is then sent to the vet for inspection. Afterward, each of them is separated until meeting their future caretakers. Bobbi is excited when he is selected.

Off We Go! is original and beautifully illustrated. Janice Zuckerman did a fantastic job bringing Judith Tabler's vision to life by painting realistic Skye Terriers, people, and backgrounds. Off We Go! is centered on Bobbi's life, from the beginning to beyond. I was glad to see that Bobbi was content with his owners, and his new home and job. I liked how the author tells readers what happened to Bobbi's siblings. I enjoyed the historical information in the foreword, the unique twist in the endnotes, the inclusion of a helpful glossary, and the Skye Terrier connection shown in the About the Author and the Artist section. My reading engagement was high as I read this story, and I recommend it to children and adults.