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Book Review: As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

A Dog’s Life in Poems

Pages: 101
Genre: Poetry/Children
Publication Date: 
May 23, 2018
Themes: Love, Curiosity, Intrigue, Family, Innocence

*This book was kindly given for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

SynopsisHere comes a series of poems, all based on dogs and their views of different life experiences.

my review

One of my favorite aspects of this short book were the puppy pictures! They were so cute and definitely made me smile. There was one in particular that reminded me of my own dog. 🙂 

The different scenarios that were featured in this book seemed very realistic and were easy to picture. For example, when a cat entered a household, the atmosphere changed, but the puppy realized that a change doesn’t have to be bad. There were poems where dogs interacted with other animals (a hedgehog, an owl, a snake, and others), which made me chuckle. There was even a scenario where a fire took place, and another where a stray dog was found. All of these situations would be great to open discussion with children. It can help foster love and care for not only dogs, but other animals, too.

As I was reading, I came across this quote and it warmed my heart:

“Puppies are made to care and are made of love.”
What are Puppies Made of? (page 28)

I wholeheartedly agree that puppies are the definition of love and care. In fact, I would say, all dogs are made of love and care. Just thinking about puppies make me smile. They are the best!

The setup of the book was done well. I like how there were several adorable dog pictures throughout and the poems were straight-forward and easy to follow. The author also included poems that rhymed, those that didn’t, and some Haiku poems. Between the pictures, the simplicity, and the varying types of poems, I can easily see this book attracting several youngsters and perhaps the adults that read with them.

With the copy I was given there were a few grammatical errors. For instance on page 22 the following sentence has extra commas, “It’s, walk time, for big boys like me.” Another example would be in the beginning of this sentence, “The runs our out…” (page 34); I believe the word, “our” should be “are”.

Overall, this was a cute collection of poems, and I loved that is was mostly in the viewpoint of dogs. It was a fun and cute! Thank you, Ms. Furstenberg for giving me the chance to read your lovely book. 🙂

My Rating4 stars


I would recommend this book to those who enjoy simple poems and to those who love dogs.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
23 out of 50 books for review for 2018

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