Research has validated the positive impact pets particularly dogs have on sick children. I am talking about brave little kids receiving medical treatment while being confined to the sterile walls of a hospital. True, the children’s floors typically have a lot of colorful child-appropriate murals on the walls these days but it never feels like home.
Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends is a nicely illustrated children’s book about the true story of Toby, a big brown service dog along with his owner, Charmaine Hammond visits to hospitals spreading cheer to the little kids admitted there for treatment for various life threatening illnesses.
I received a copy of the book from it’s author and was immediately drawn to it because Toby, the dog had a name sake in my home, my son. My son’s name is spelt a little differently; think suzy/suzie/suzi. My son had grandma reading it to him every night for a whole week. Hearing his name being read aloud could not have hurt either.
Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends makes for a good read aloud books for preschoolers through second grade. Makes teaching kids empathy and compassion just a little easier.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends and a companion novel, On Toby’s Terms from author, Charmaine Hammond to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are my mine alone.