Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blog Tour/Book Review: Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

DREWSILLA THE SHELTER PUPPY by Karen Carew Oakes, Children's Picture Book, 22 pp., $16.64 (paperback) $3.03 (Kindle)

Author: Karen Carew Oakes
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Pages: 22
Genre: Children’s Picture Book


When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up.

Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens.

The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla — how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life.

This is such a darling little book with heartwarming illustrations! I can see it being used as a learning tool in schools to teach the importance of caring for animals and how adoption should always be the first option when families decide to bring a new pet into their lives. Even going a step further, to give special consideration to the animals who might be overlooked because they're fearful or have special needs. There's no greater joy in life than adopting a cat or dog, and this book depicts that joy just perfectly! My heart broke for little Drewsilla when she felt she'd been left behind because the family couldn't bring her home right away. Thank goodness for happy endings!

Then one day, the Johnsons came to the shelter. They had

looked on the shelter website for available dogs they wanted to see.  Drewsilla, was not one of them. It just so

happened that they would have to pass directly in front of Drewsilla’s cage. As

they passed something amazing happened. Drewsilla came to the front, stood on

her hind legs, poked her nose out of the bars, and begged for attention. Mrs.

Johnson bent over to see her. It was love at first sight. The Johnsons asked to

open the cage so they could see her.

Meet the Author: 

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up.

Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/karencarewoakes.



Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

My niece is a budding cat lady - but I'm thinking a book about a dog - like this one - might open her eyes to the other amazing creatures we share the planet with.

Mickey's Musings said...

This does sound like a really nice book!
We love happy endings where pets get forever homes :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Brian's Home Blog said...

That sounds like it's a real winner!

Patricia T said...

Sounds like a really good book.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

This book is so cute! We can't wait to read it.

Eastside Cats said...

Aww, I got leaky eyes just reading your post!

Timmy Tomcat said...

Looks like a great book and it teaches an important message!

The Menagerie Mom said...

What a beautiful, inspiring story this must be! There really is nothing better than a story with a wonderful message such as this one. And, the illustrations are also absolutely adorable.

pilch92 said...

That looks good. And the cover is too cute :)

Cathy Keisha said...

What a sweet story.

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, what a sweet book! This reminds us of Ava when we adopted her. She was so shy, but found a little bit of courage and started coming out of her shell. We are so lucky to have found her.

Valentine said...

That story definitely has important messages for its readers about pet adoption and compassion. That makes me happy. Purr purr purr. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

Three Chatty Cats said...

Sounds like a great little book!

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