Book Review and Give-Away:Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog- by Marcia Goldman

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“The BEST things DO come in SMALL packages” is what first came to mind when I first laid eyes on the incredible photos of Lola, the five-pound Yorkshire Terrier star of the adorable book for children, Lola Goes to Work:A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog by Marcia Goldman.

Traditionally, therapy dogs are larger dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, (yes, little dogs are therapy dogs too, but they aren’t as common as larger therapy dogs),  but Lola dreamed of helping others. She was determined to prove to the naysayers that she wasn’t  “too small” to become a therapy dog, so off to school she went!

Children can follow Lola’s journey of becoming a therapy dog, through brilliant and simply endearing photos.  They will also learn through the barks words of Lola herself, that even if you are small, you can still accomplish BIG things with patience, confidence and a lot of hard work! They will also learn about the joy that comes back  to them by showing kindness and compassion to others.

Lola Goes to Work is ideal for teachers and parents. There is a Teacher Page in the back which lists discussion topics such as:

Focus Wordswhere children are encouraged to discuss the meaning of words: Happy, Kind, Work, Friends.

There are questions that can teachers and parents can ask their children such as:

What does Lola do to make the people she visits feel better?

What could you do to make somebody who was sad feel better?

There are also Activities such as:

drawing a picture of work that a child wants to do when he/she grows up

Lola Goes to Work is “small” (a super-fast picture-book read), but don’t let the size deter you from purchasing this gem. Remember that often, “the best things come in small packages.”

Marcia and Lola, photo courtesy of Marcia Goldman

Marcia and Lola, photo courtesy of Marcia Goldman

ABOUT LOLA: Lola is a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier who lives in California with her adoring owners. She is a proud certified therapy dog who makes weekly visits to elder care centers, bookstores, and classrooms.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcia Goldman has her Masters Degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on providing therapeutic-based programs for children with autism and their families.


The publisher has generously offered one of our readers living in the U.S. or Canada (unfortunately due to shipping costs, the publisher cannot include our International readers and we are sorry!) the chance to win this darling book  (a $16.99 value)

TO ENTER: you must be 18 or over. Just leave a comment telling me who will be enjoying this book!

The give-away is open now and will close on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5pm. The winner will be selected by and announced on Thursday, October 24th.

Good Luck!


I was sent a copy of Lola Goes to Work A Nine-To-Five Therapy Dog to review and give my honest opinion. I was not compensated for this review.




Book Review: The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena

From Dakota’s Den:  Today I bring to you a FIRST on Dakota’s blog. This is the FIRST book review that has appeared on Dakota’s blog that I did not write. This review was done by a most special reviewer, MY HUSBANDLenny Gittleman. Why did my husband review The Fitzy Resolution?  Having two blogs and doing book reviews on both, MANY books have entered our home,  my husband was intrigued by the premise of this book, and asked to read it.  Being  more politically well-versed than I am, I felt he was the perfect “candidate” to do this book justice. The fact that he was a Special Education teacher for 36 years, and is incredibly intellectually gifted, doesn’t hurt either! So sit back and enjoy my husband’s review of Author A.D. DeSena’s:

The Fitzy Resolution

It’s a “dog eat dog world” in both a figurative and literal sense in the innovative fantasy/political thriller The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena.

To purchase click on the book cover!

To purchase click on the book cover!

Set in a futuristic society where dogs have their own governmental body called the “Central Canine Government”, the premise involves trying to discover why Yorkshire Terriers are mysteriously disappearing at an alarming rate. Other elements essential to the plot are the ever-increasing threat to the preservation of canines by a group of strays called “The Wilds”, and the ulterior motives of sinister politician dogs led by Senator Juniper.

The Fitzy Resolution is a brilliant satirical portrayal of our political system, manifested through the actions of canines and other domestic animals. DeSena accurately mirrors the many complexities inherent in running a democratic society.

Just as our country, (the U.S.), is divided along political lines that often hinder legislative progress, in DeSena’s canine ruled society, two political parties, the “Submissives” and the “Contrarians”, with two opposing political philosophies, must somehow find a way to work together to help preserve their canine society from outside forces determined to destroy it.

DeSena is adept in addressing the necessity of compromise and collaboration with opposing viewpoints to achieve the greater good. Through the actions of the protagonist, Senator Labrador-Casey, the author demonstrates that it is important to have ideals, vision and a philosophy, but a sense of pragmatism and cooperation is needed to achieve desired goals.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book for a variety of reasons. On one level it is an extremely exciting narrative that holds the reader’s interest from the first page to the exciting climax. DeSena is a genius at utilizing the technique of personification, ascribing human traits to non-humans. The author has written not only a great story, but a thought-provoking social commentary without sounding preachy, NOT an easy task.

Without reservation I would give The Fitzy Resolution four paws up. NO BONES ABOUT IT!

ISBN 978-0-9847676-0-1

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