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Children’s Books: Review Wooffer  ISBN#: 1-4137-5587-9

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Children’s Books: Review Wooffer  ISBN#: 1-4137-5587-9

Wooffer is a compilation of thirty-three short stories for children based on animal adventures. They were initially written by Betty Fasig for her family. The main character is Wooffer. He is a hairy dachshund puppy that the author, referred to as “mom” in the books, receives as an unexpected Christmas present from her fun-loving family.

Other animal characters in the Wooffer series include Old Agnes the mouse, Margaret the hen who is thoughtful and protective, Marygrey, a rabbit who is expecting, Cho Lee, a proud and lovable peacock.  He loves to “strut his stuff” and falls in love with a quail. Then there is Ibie the Ibis and Maudie the horse who the best of best friends.

The stories are attentively placed in sequential order, right down to the season. There is even a Christmas story! The stories are about a puppy that changes the attitudes of those around him, wins hearts and turn out to be a dependable, courageous friend. Wooffer earns admiration from all the animals for miles around and becomes rather a legend as he grows up.

On the whole, Woofer is generally warm, fun and happy go lucky, but at the same time also confronts real life issues such as loneliness, moving,  getting lost, gaining respect, overcoming bullies, recognising truth from what one is told and more.

The series of books also gives an insight into animal relationships and the wonderful, though sometimes strange bonds that can occur between the various kinds.

The conclusion closes pleasantly by revealing how all the animals continue to return to the same area each year to spend time with Wooffer and his friends to discuss the good old days and to look forward to having new adventures.

Scattered throughout the series are several delightful amateurish drawings of life and adventures on the farm that children will really love. The cover is a print of the brainwave for the main character – the author’s dog – which gives a more convincing feel to the book than a drawing could have done.

The underlying theme, moral, is that no matter how small a person you  may think they are, or how little you think that you can do – you can make a difference to the lives of those around you, and so the books offer great inspiration.

Wooffer is a brilliant book to read bedtime, but will be most enjoyable when reading to groups of children. It is written so that the reader can clearly portray the animals and circumstances with their voice, the book is sure to bring joyful laughter to groups of children. As such, I believe Wooffer would be a great addition to the bookshelves of schools, libraries, play groups, day-care centres and the like.