Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Candace's Playful Puppy - a bookwrap



Candace's Playful Puppy

Authored by Candace Cameron Bure

Illustrated by Christine Battuz

* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS +

* Hardcover:  32 pages

Publisher:  Zonderkidz

* Pub. Date:  Jan. 26, 2021

* Language:  English

* Cover decoration includes embossing and glitter

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The Book

Candace's wish is finally coming true. Her mother is allowing her to adopt her very own dog.  They collect and buy all the necessities that will be needed for the new family member then it's off to the pet shelter to choose.  Candace encounters a sweet, energetic puppy that she adores and brings him home.   She names him Freckles and she settles in to become his new caretaker/mommy.  

Candace learns quickly that this is going to be a very hard job, one she must stay committed to because the bouncy little guy would rather play, explore and get into mischief rather than listen to her commands and obey the house rules.  He howls at night because he doesn't like to sleep in his special crate, he makes big soapy messes when she tries to bath him, and he even chews up her training book, just to name a few.  

She finds her patience oftentimes runs thin and she wants to give up   but she doesn't. She remains determined and consults the puppy training manual to help her raise her little ball of energy.  

One rainy morning Candace takes Freckles out for a walk.  In his enthusiasm he dashes off from her dragging his leash behind him. Oh my! Frantically she searches everywhere to find him but he is nowhere to be found.  Will she succeed and bring him safely back home where the sweet little guy belongs?  

This wonderful book teaches kids: how to be faithful to their commitments, to never give up when faced with tough situations, and to have patience - which takes a lot of practice and hard work.  The illustrations are extremely well done.  I love the colour pallet and the emotions that are portrayed. Kids can keep a look out for Freddie, Candace's pet hamster, throughout the pages which is a fun element to check out.  The message of the book is positive ( adopt a pet from a shelter ) and inspiring ( you can parent a puppy too).  If you enjoy Candace's Playful Puppy you may also like Candace Center Stage and Grow, Candace, Grow.  I highly recommend this book. 

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Meet the Author

Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, beloved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House , Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View , inspirational speaker, and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. 

About the Illustrator

Christine Battuz started drawing at three when she was first able to hold a pen. Growing up, she was inspired by her mother's collection of paintings all over her house. Christine has illustrated over sixty children's books, published in North America, Korea, and Europe. When not illustrating, she loves trail running and skiing with her husband and son.

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