Wooffer is really a assortment of thirty-three short animal-adventure children stories originally compiled by Betty Fasig for her family. The center character is Wooffer, a hairy dachshund puppy that ?mom?, Your reputation24 , receives as a surprise Xmas gift from her fun-loving family.
A bunch of animals grace the pages of Wooffer, including Old Agnes the mouse, thoughtful and protective Margaret the hen, Marygrey the pregnant rabbit, a proud and endearing peacock named Cho Lee who wants to strut his stuff and falls in love with a quail, and best friends Ibie the Ibis and Maudie the horse.
The stories are thoughtfully put into chronological order, right down to the season. It even includes a Xmas story! This is the book about a puppy that changes the opinions of these around him, wins hearts and becomes a trusted, heroic friend. Wooffer earns respect from all of the animals for miles around and becomes a bit of a legend by the time he grows up.
Generally warm, fun and light-hearted, Wooffer also tackles real-life issues from moving, loneliness, gaining respect, discerning truth from what one is told, getting lost, overcoming bullies and more.
Having spent a few years on a farm in my youth, I see germs of truth in the animal relationships and can verify the strange and wonderful bonds that happen between species. The epilogue provides a nice closure by revealing how all the animals still return to the same area annually and spend time with Wooffer and his friends discussing the old times and having new adventures.
Inserted occasionally are several adorable amateur drawings of life and adventures on the farm which are sure to entertain children. The cover is really a photograph of the inspiration for the primary character ? the writer?s dog ? which gives a more realistic feel to the book than a characterization or drawing may have done.
The book?s underlying theme is that regardless of how small an individual may think they are, or how small of something they may do ? they can make a difference to the lives of those around them. And this can be an encouraging thought.
Wooffer is a superb book for bedtime stories, but will be best enjoyed when reading to groups of children. Written so that the reader can simply characterize the animals and situations making use of their voice, the book is sure to bring giggles of joy to groups of children. As such, I think Wooffer would be an excellent addition to the bookshelves of libraries, schools, daycare centers and so on.
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