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"Snook Alone" Book Review

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Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
c.2010, Candlewick           
$16.99 / $20.00 Canada      
48 pages What are the things you like to do all by yourself?

You’re a big kid, so there are probably many things. You can dress yourself and zip your jacket – although it’s nice to have help sometimes. You can crawl into bed and pull up the covers, but being tucked in is better. You can feed yourself, play by yourself, and ride your bike alone, but it’s more fun when you’ve got a friend.

In the new book Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, a little dog does everything with his best friend - until one terrible night. Out on an island in the far away sea, there lived a monk named Abba Jacob.

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Five Must Read Pet Books

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One sweep through the bookstore or library, and you know you’re in trouble. You can fill your arms in five minutes flat, and you’re still not able to carry everything you want to read. You want that, and you want to read this, and that, and oh yes - that one... Well, here are five notable books for 2010 that you and your pet should have on the shelf:

First, what do you know about your dog? You may think you know him, but in the book “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz, you’ll see that your pup has learned more about you than you’ve learned about him.

Horowitz, a psychology professor, realized one day that we humans don’t know a thing about what our dogs see, smell, hear, or perceive. When was the last time you got down on your dog’s level and spent a day? You’ll want to do just that after you finish this fun and fascinating book.

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Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline’s Tale

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It's a book with a title as big as the main character - Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline’s Tale or, How I Learned About Life and Love from a Blind Wonder Cat Homer has very little going for him. He's blind because he had to have his eyes surgically removed when he was just a tiny kitten, he's black (statistically black cats are more difficult to adopt out and have a higher chance of being abused when they do find a home), and on top of that - he's homeless. But his luck is about to change when a young woman finds him at her veterinarian's office and agrees to take him into her home and her heart.

Homer’s Odyssey is also the story of Gwen Cooper, a woman who needed everything except a blind cat. In college, struggling to make ends meet, and fresh out of a difficult relationship, she had no idea how much this little kitty would change her life.

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One Good Dog

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There you were, at the top of your game.

You thought you had it all, Midas with the magic touch, Glenda with a magic wand, Superman with a magic cape.

Life was good… for awhile. Then, in what seemed like a microbyte of a nanosecond, the magic touch tarnished, the wand became a cheap sparkler, and the cape was a dishtowel. Everything was gone.

Welcome to the new economy, where you’re not alone. In the new novel “One Good Dog” by Susan Wilson, a man at the top of the heap loses everything and finds what’s important.

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The Tiniest Tiger

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The Tiniest Tiger
by Joanne McGonagle
c. 2008, BookSurge Publishing, 52 pages
$13.50 paperback / $2.99 ebook

The Tiniest Tiger is an endearing story is about a little domestic cat who learns all about her wilder side when she meets up with real-life tigers, cheetahs, and lions at the zoo. Beautifully illustrated, we learn all about The Tiniest Tiger, based on the author's real life cat, Gracie. The Tiniest Tiger's quest for friends and knowledge of her heritage takes place at the local zoo and as she explores the wild side, we learn all about the real life "big cats" and how we can help endangered animals.

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