Children’s Book Review: Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends, by Charmaine Hammond
Posted Nov 01 2012 2:05pm
Every Wednesday, Toby and his human friend, Miss Charmaine, visit the hospital as part of Toby’s job as a pet therapy dog. One of these special days is portrayed in the lovely children’s book, Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends, by Charmaine Hammond. Based on the author’s late real-life pet, Toby, readers learn how excited Toby gets when he realizes it is Wednesday! He loves to visit old and new friends at the hospital. He wears a special vest that lets everyone know he has a special job to do. And, of course, he never forgets his favorite toy, a plush teddy bear, and the bandana he wears around his neck!
On this particular day, Toby checks in with Nurse Nancy, and then visits a familiar face, a boy in a wheelchair named Simon, who gives Toby a big hug. But a new patient, Sarah, becomes scared of Toby when he barks at her. Fortunately, Nurse Nancy figures out that Toby is barking at Sarah’s slippers, which look just like Toby’s teddy bear. Sarah slowly makes friends with Toby, and then it’s time for his walk in the garden with Mrs. Smith. Finally, it’s back to the hospital where Toby joins the children for storytime. He also comforts little Miguel, who misses his parents and dog at home. But a hug of Toby’s toy makes Miguel feel much better!
Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends teaches children about the role of pet therapy dogs, the joy of helping others, and compassion for those who are ill. After reading this book, parents and teachers can use the questions in the back of the book to spur a discussion with children about pets, feelings, hospital stays, and friendship. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this delightful book for your children or classroom today!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.