Did you end up returning the book or asking for a replacement copy?
I, too, find it amazing that only 1 book out of a bazillion missed its trip through the glue machine. Agreed it COULD happen, but it doesn't seem all that likely to me...
My biggest problem with the book, though, was the choice of verbage. As the parent, I found the use of such words as "abnormal" terribly offensive.
I think I'll try this one in my next order. http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Dog ... rhf_shvl_2
This is a story about Rugby, a Pembroke Welsh corgi that has a back injury. It’s written for children, something that could be read aloud to young children or read by older children (I think it would appeal to about 4-10.)
The story is told in Rugby’s voice, and he explains how he came to live on the farm, about the other dogs and horses and the cat, and his life before the accident. Then he is injured when playing with a larger dog and becomes a paraplegic. He is very sad because he can’t walk and play, until his mom gets him a wheelchair. Then he has to learn to walk again and get strong so he can run.
This would be a great story for young children who know a disabled corgi (or any dog.) It’s also a good story for children to let them know that disabilities can be overcome.
What it isn’t: it isn’t really about the particulars of being a disabled corgi. While the author describes Rugby’s learning to use the cart, there is nothing about the specific challenges he faces. We don’t learn whether Rugby is continent or not, for example, and we learn nothing about ramps and other aids to help him. That’s okay; that isn’t the focus of the book, but its important to know that it won’t help someone else to rehabilitate their corgi. What it does do, though, is show that there IS life after a back injury.
It's a charming book, with cute photos for illustrations, and a nice addition to the literature about disabled animals. It isn't what I'd really like to see, which would be a book from the owner's perspective.
Lemon the Duck by Laura Backman. It's a children's picture book with absolutely gorgeous artwork. It's a true story, the duck has a neurological problem and can't stand or sit up.