I like animals and I enjoy my pets, but I’m not one to read books about animals. Oops, I just made two exceptions. My sister, Roberta Lampe, wrote Prairie Dog Pet, a cute little true story about a prairie dog befriended by a girl at her Kansas pioneer home, west of Wichita in 1873. The story is unusual because it is true from the primary source: the young girl grew up to become a teacher and lived to be 105. How did Roberta hear the story? Leona, the girl in the story, was the eventual landlord of that same farm in later years and my sister and her family lived on that farm.
Roberta loves flowery words and she uses lots and lots, especially in the first chapters. Sorry, Roberta, had to skip to the guts of the story to get to the action. This would be a good book for the adult education program because there’s a host of adverbs and it’s a short book to encourage more reading.
Second animal book–Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat that Touched the World by Vicki Myron. That sweet cat lived in the Spencer, Iowa Library for nineteen years and I think I lived the entire nineteen years reading this book. The cat taught some good library lessons–be nice to people, sleep when you’re tired, hang out by the computers, and eat the good people food. He also did a fantastic job of bringing the town together and into the library. Our library is pretty busy, but I think students could de-stress with a kitty and yes, I’d be happy to house it in the Library!