Thursday, October 15, 2009
Kid's Korner: The Adventures of Snip in Oregon (Book Review)
Shared by Kristi Herbrand
Title: The Adventures of Snip in Oregon
Author: Betty S. Moir
Illustrator: Yumi V. Vong
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
First sentence: Snip walked into our lives just when we needed some kind of glue to hold our family together.
This was a very cute story about a family's love for this one-of-a-kind dog - and the love he obviously had for his new 'adopted' family. The Moir's came about to be Snip's owners when the family who he had been living with relocated to Guam and could not take him along. Snip has many adventures with his new family. It contains many examples of family life, friendship and bonding that one can have with a pet.
The book is written as if Snip is really a human, which, of course, many dogs think they are. He helps John learn how to drive, he saves Jim from some icy water, and he protects the family from various varmints - including a skunk and a raccoon. We get to hear Snip's take on things and what a dog might say if he could speak. Decorating the pages are some snapshots of the family as well as very simple, but appropriate watercolor drawings.
The suggested reading level on Amazon is 9-12, but I think a younger audience could handle it if you read it to them. Even though it only has 42 pages, it is divided up into chapters, so really isn't a early readers 'read alone' book.
The Adventures of Snip in Oregon
Publisher/Publication Date: BookSurge, Dec 2008
*I received this book from Bostick Communications and the author for review.