Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Most Incredible Journey: A Pibble's Path

The Most Incredible Journey: A Pibble's Path 

Paperback – July 19, 2014by James S. Martinez (Author), Timothy T. Civick (Illustrator)

My review

Behind us baby-boomers the younger generations' opinions seem to be created and manipulated by mainstream media, more than ever before. Many of today's children's emotions have been emptied of empathy by sensation seeking print media. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I read such a book. It is intended for the generation whose character, personality, values, and heart has not been crystalized. Yet.

A sweet book like this with real stories put in palatable form for the young'uns makes me smile as it will tens of thousands of children everywhere. Briefly, the book's first half is a first-"person" narrative of a puppy's journey from terror, misery, and deprivation to the forever home (as we call them in rescue) of a "guardian angel." Sprinkled throughout the story are references to the plight of a much maligned breed, namely the Pit Bull (a.k.a. pibble, pit, pittie, bully) . If read slowly and explained to a young child, this is an emotional rags-to-riches moral story. The second half of the book is comprised of real stories of actual dogs, complete with actual pictures and the easy-going rocking rhythm of the poems. The book ends, appropriately, with a Pibble's Prayer. 

I can easily see myself lying down with my son and reading this book to him, while he is looking at those soulful drawings. I love James Martinez' writing style and Timothy T. Civicks art work. 

I work with poor children who are in trouble: mentally, behaviorally, or emotionally. In their world, dog-fighting is culturally acceptable. I am thinking of getting some copies of "The Most Incredible Journey: A Pibble's Path" and spread them around their schools, libraries and community centers. If this book changes just one kid's perception of what's right and what's wrong, it will be all worth it. 

· Paperback: 80 pages
· Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 19, 2014)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 1497307023
· ISBN-13: 978-1497307025

1 comment:

Meals on Wheels said...

I am inspired to write a children's book about a poor stinky Husky/Chow mix yard dog.