Why Dogs Are… By Tana Thompson, Illustrated by Marita Gentry

I have mixed reviews about this book. It is the story of a young boy named Brian who was born blind and deaf. The author alludes that God wants to show Brian how much he loves him, so He sends him a dog from heaven to help him. The dog is told that if he does a good job, God will send more dogs to earth.
On the positive side, this is an absolutely gorgeous hardback book with outstanding and colorful illustrations. They captured the emotions of the dog and the people in the story to the point that one couldn’t help but be touched. I also liked that there were reading pages and pages with only pictures. This would allow the child to add his or her ideas to the story.
On the not so positive side, I understand the book was fictional, but I have trouble that it depicts dogs as being sent from heaven by God for specific jobs. There were other parts that also concerned me. It conflicts greatly with what scripture says. A small child is not able to separate truth from untruth in many ways. They even believe fairy tales. To impart imaginary and false information about God and His Word to a youngster is not acceptable to me. I see it as a sacrilege to that which is holy.
I even thought it might be okay to read the book to a child if it was made clear ahead of time what parts are fact and what are fiction. But after much consideration I don’t think I could, as I feel it would be disrespectful to put God in that light.
This was such a shame and the book has so many wonderful things going for it. I think it is great that 100% percent of net profits from book sales goes to charities that train and support therapy dogs. It was clear that the author has a big heart for therapy dogs and those that need them to have a better quality of life.
I received this book free from the publisher through theBookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This book was provided to me by Kendall Neff Publishing.

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