Leo the Pup Who Saved Christmas: Donna Watkins
In a world where everyone is different and has their own unique personality, appearance and demeanor, there are those that often criticize, ridicule and ostracize others for just that reason. All too often you can walk down the street and see someone that looks needy, unkempt or even a different race or nationality and think little of that person. One pup named Leo will teach not only small children, young adults, adults and even those running for public office that judging a book or person by their outer cover does not help you learn to read what is written between the pages.
Misjudging people is not something new or something that will disappear any time soon. In the village of Malakai in the Northern part of Finland a man named K.C. Ryan raises Lapponian dogs (also known as Reindeer Herders). Mr. Ryan loves what he does but he only loves those pups that he refers to a pure bred.
Eba are main character is cherished and valuable dog who has blessed and given this man many great liters. The year started off on the right foot with a litter that appeared to be pure bred. But, things were about to change with the next litter and the next one as some of the pups had deformities, odd coat markings and other things that would taint the litter and make them not pure bred. Mr. Ryan did not keep these poor pups he took them away.
When the third litter came it became apparent that the same thing was happening but this time one pup that stood out among the rest had floppy ears and droopy lose skin. Meet our Leo. Leo was smart his mother, Eba would not let anything happen to him and she protected him as Mr. Ryan took the rest of the litter. Hiding under his mother’s stomach, Leo and his mother finally took off never looking back but making sure they were not followed. Finding themselves scrounging for food they were lucky to be taken to a shelter fed and cared for. But, miracles happen and the Parker family came to the shelter and now Leo had a new family and new home. Levi and Emmie loved him from the start and they took him home and soon realized that he was unique and special.
Something terrible happened and the world would not have Christmas this year because Rudolph is missing and without his red nose to guide the sleigh how would Santa find his way to the houses of those children who were good all year. What were they going to do? But, when Leo went to the animal doctor they learned something about him that just might help Santa: he had a very powerful sense of smell.
So, how could this save Christmas and how would they get the community to allow him to help find Rudolph? Rudolph was in trouble and when Leo joined the search team he was able to help locate where he was but could they save him and get him out in time?
Just how Leo saves Christmas you will not believe. Will Rudolph guide Santa’s sleigh? Santa made me promise not to tell because he wants all the good boys and girls to read this outstanding book with the amazing illustrations that Donna Watkins and Caden Beavers her nephew authored and illustrated by Carol Dabney. A heartfelt, heartwarming story that teaches everyone that each of us is special in our own way. Everyone deserves a chance in life even if they have a disability or deformity. Mr. Ryan was narrow minded, greedy, intolerant and judgmental and never gave any of the pups a chance at life and a home.
As an added bonus the authors included Information about Reindeer Herding Dogs, about Blood Hound Dogs, About Reindeer, About the North Pole and a really special song titled: Rudolph the Missing Reindeer. Caden’s message to young readers is that even though he is challenged with Dyslexia he has worked hard as your can tell to overcome many obstacles and so can YOU! Never let your gifts or talents go unexplored and Caden shares his gift along with his aunt for storytelling, art and even singing. This book, the authors and illustrator will be featured on MJ8. This is one book that parents, teachers, guidance counselors, counselors and clergy can use to help everyone to stop stereotyping people and start to learn to read between the pages of a book and understand the words more clearly.
Let’s give this book: FIVE GOLDEN RED NOSES THAT LIGHT UP THE SKY ALONG WITH Santa’s REINDEER TO HELP THEM FIND THE WAY TO ALL THE HOUSES OF THE SPECIAL CHILDREN TO DELIVER HIS GIFTS!
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