As an family of animal shelter volunteers we were honored to read Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home. Written by Susan Marie and Illustrated by Rebekah Phillips the first book in the Miss Olive trilogy.
Recommended for ages four through nine, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home teaches children an important lesson about life and what it means to be accepted for who you are. Through the Miss Olive book series, children learn that bringing a pet into a loving home can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home, which was recently awarded the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year, follows a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of being taken in by a loving family. On her journey to find her forever home, Miss Olive feels love and kindness from her foster mom and finds friendship with other animals who are waiting for adoption. One by one, all of the other dogs are adopted into happy families and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her.
We volunteer every weekend at an animal shelter because we cannot take every animal we fall in love with into our house. By volunteering we feel like ALL the animal at the shelter are ours. I am a huge advocate for adopting from a shelter. We see their little faces every week just beginning for someone to take them home especially the dogs. They are so excited to have any attention and we love when we hear they are adopted. Which is why I love this book so much.
Miss Olive is about a tiny Italian Greyhound who happens to have 3 legs. She longs for a home to call her own and longs for a name. When she is taken into foster care she is promised a furever home but when all the other dogs are adopted she worries that it is because she is different. You see Olive is missing a leg. Oddly enough I had to re-read the book after that getting to that page looking for a clue about her missing leg. There wasn't any. The photos don't focus on her leg issue. She appears like every other dog in the book but Iove that she was "special". The books focus wasn't on her difference, she was like all others it just took longer for the perfect family to come into her life and when it did, it was exactly what she needed. There were other dogs even a loving grandma. Olive got her wish which is what my wish for every animal at the shelter. When we go in on the weekend we immediately walk around to see who was adopted and talk to those that are still there letting them know their time will come.
This book is for every animal lover especially children who may look at those who are "special" in a completely different light. My daughter is especially in love with every animal who is a little "special".
You will fall in love with Olive and will enjoy reading this adorable book to your children.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.