Book Review | Assistance Dog of the West Books
Author: Judith Newton
I home school three young children ages 2, 3 and 5 so when I had the opportunity to review a series of children’s books called Assistance Dogs of the West, I was excited about the opportunity to teach my children about the life of an assistance dog. Author Judith Newton, wrote three children’s books based on Nito, A runt puppy chosen for the noble job of a service dog. The heartwarming illustrations were created by popular folk artist Sue Blackburn.
My youngest son, age 2 is currently receiving hospital care for major burns to his arm so when these books arrived for review, my husband immediately thought to bring it to me to read to the kids during our regular story time. We started with the first book in the series, titled Nito’s Tale and all of my children were hooked from the start. My eldest son had been quietly playing with a toy car but by the second page, he put it down and sat to listen intently. The second book, Nito Meets Chloe and the third book, Nito and Chloe Get an Invitation were requested for reading as soon as Nito’s Tale was finished.
My favorite part of this book series is that it led to our first open discussion with our children about the need for service dogs and the very special children that these heroic animals provide support and companionship to in everyday life. My three little ones were bursting with questions and amazement at Nito and Chloe’s adventures in this book series. In fact, while walking through the hospital a few days ago, my children saw their first assistance dog working and spend several minutes talking with the young boy about his dog.
To learn more about this book series or about the non-profit organization â€œAssistance Dogs of the West go to www.assistancedogsofthewest.org
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*