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Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog

Happy book publication month to Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog by Lisa Papp. Madeline has a pet dog named Star. Star is training to become a therapy dog. Star has to pass three tests to become a therapy dog. Madeline is anxious if Star will pass the tests and trains Star for the tests. The tests will be held at a Retirement village. Star is polite and allows the residents of the Retirement village to pet him. One residents, Mr. Humphrey, is aloof and does not react to the charms of Star. Can Star and Madeline bring a change in Mr. Humphrey’s attitude? Will Star become a therapy dog? I loved the cute illustrations of Madeline and Star in this book. It is a feel-good story that will warm your heart. This is the third book in the Madeline Finn series and I am planning to read the other two as well. This book will be of interest to kids who have or like to have a dog as a pet.

The old man and the penguin

Coming up on October 6 is The Old Man and the Penguin picture book. It is a story of friendship between an old man and a Penguin. This book is based on a real story. Joao lives close to Proveta Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He is a retired brick-later. On one of his walks he finds an oil-soaked penguin close to death. He brings the penguin home and cares for it until it is fit to return to sea. Joao knows that the penguin’s home is sea. With a heavy heart, he leaves the penguin at sea. The penguin returns to Joao’s home. The penguin misses the sea too. The penguin comes up with a plan so that it is both with him and the wild. This simple story teaches kids about the value of friendship and caring for other animals. It also brings to light how oil spills threaten the sea wildlife. Thank you to @netgalley and @kidscanpress for the ARC. Category: children’s picturebookAge recommendation: 4-8 years

Mind what you think

Mind what you think is one of the most useful books that I read this year. The author explains in great detail about how we think, why our brains are wired a certain way and how to change recurring negative thoughts. The first two parts of the book felt a bit long but later parts revealed why the author has to go to great depths about thinking patterns. The suggestions in the book seem simple but have great value. I am changing my thinking as per the suggestions in the book and I have seen a difference in the way I perceive situations that are within and out of my control. The author also provides simple thought exercises that make clear how a simple change in thinking can also change our lives. A must-read for people interested in psychology and self-help books. Thank you to Netgalley and Light Ideas Press for ARC.