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Kizzy: One Incredible Dog!    by Chris Williams order for
by Chris Williams
Order:  USA  Can
Moo Press, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

In this early reader series, Chris Williams focuses on special dogs and the special ways they help people. Kizzy, based on a real therapy dog, has been trained as a Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.). Along with her owner Judy, Kizzy visits many different kinds of people who, for various reasons, need extra assistance with their reading skills.

In the book, for example, Kizzy visits a stroke patient who is trying to regain her speech; a group of children for whom English is a second language; a child who stutters, and several others. Kizzy's mere presence relaxes those people who are having trouble reading: he is non-judgmental and does not tease anyone. The book promotes literacy in a positive way, and demonstrates the author's clear love and respect for animals and their powerful impact on humans. 

While the story is strong, it is greatly aided by the wonderful pencil drawings. Each illustrated page is framed by a jumbled, blue-tinged alphabet. The artist is quite skilled in rendering lifelike expressions, and Kizzy the dog is unbelievably realistic. In all, this is a nice easy reader book with a solid message.

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