|Author Toni Tuso Faber & her three stunning Standard Poodles,|
London, Deja vu, and Dante
"I have had Standard Poodles in my life since birth," says Faber. "They are smart beyond compare...and have great temperaments. I decided they would be great Therapy Dogs, so we now have therapy dogs who thrill the lives of patients weekly! It's a blessing to me, the patients, and the Poodle who is in attendance."
I received a copy of Book Twelve, The Poodle Contract, to review. Written in charming rhyme, the book carries a responsible owner message and the best place to start that is with children. It will also allow the children to educate their parents as the parent reads aloud or the child relates the tale. Responsible dog breeders sell their puppies with an extensive contract and will not sell to anyone they deem unacceptable to own one of their puppies. This message is brought home with such charm and warmth that it's hard to think of a better way to do it.
Faber is a talented author. Children's books are notoriously difficult to write and yet she pulls it off with warmth and caring.
Wonderfully illustrated by Benton Rudd who captures the insouciance of Poodles with seeming ease, each of the twelve puppies in the litter has an obviously different personality. They come alive on the pages. Rudd illustrates Faber's rhymes to perfection.
As if the twelve books weren't enough of an undertaking, Toni Tuso Faber has created a website to enhance the experience: www.thepoodletales.com is chock full of fun animations and interaction. A child can receive a message on his or her birthday from one of the adopted Poodles in The Poodle Tales "Poodle Club." The Club also features two online or printable activity books, audio eBooks, the official Club ringtone, and a new game, "Catch A Poodle," available in HD online or as an IOS or Android App. Faber has apparently left no stone unturned. There is also a video, Introducing The Poodle Tales on YouTube which has over 331,000 views and is featured on the website. A thirteen minute cartoon based on the first two books in the series is in production and should be online any minute now.
A portion of the sales of all the books will be donated to charity.
"We do not show the Poodles," Faber relates. "Two are, in fact, rescues. Poodles are my passion. A series of books about them and their capabilities....just perfect!"
Each book would make a wonderful gift for a child or for an adult who collects children's books, creating a very special library that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Published by Windstar Media, each book is priced at $16.99.
NOTE: I received no compensation for this review, just one copy of one of the books in the series. The review is my own.