As a lover of children's' stories and a writer of them myself, I was excited to receive and read "GIGI, The Famous Rescue Dog - From Skid Row to Embassy Row," by J.C. Caroline.
According to the publicity material the story is based in part on the true story of Gigi, a resilient flat-coated retriever rescued off the streets to a new life in Washington D.C., and it goes on to say that this heartwarming book teaches children about kindness to pets, the importance of animal rescue organizations and the love and companionship that adopted pets provide.
While the book really is very colorful and beautifully illustrated, upon reading the story, I found myself in tears due to the "explicit" language of the story.
I cannot imagine reading this story to a group of children due to the type of language it contained. Granted, life is not always "kind" to humans or animals, but this story stayed in my mind and I think it is too "graphic" for children.
Would I recommend this story to others? Sadly, "NO"
J.C. Caroline is a strong advocate for animal rescue and proper pet care. He hopes that by sharing Gigi's story, readers will support animal rescue organizations and help create more of a national awareness.
"Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog"
by J.C. Caroline
Retail price: $21.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Author House online bookstores.