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A Warmly Entertaining Book with a Significant Message

  • Jul 25, 2010
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DINGLE: THE HELPFUL ICE CREAM CONE DELIVERY DOG may on the surface seem like a just another pert and reader-friendly book for children. That is until the background of author Audrey Kinsella is reviewed. Before coming to children's stories she has been a significant contributor as a librarian, a writer of articles on healthcare, and books on telecommunications, the elderly and the disabled. With such a background of compassionate service it comes as no surprise that this little book is much more than the delightful surface indicates.

Dingle is just an ordinary devoted dog belonging to a senior, wheelchair bound Aunt Reeny - a woman who does not see her disability as a cloud but instead insists that she can get along very well without copious aid from her family - 'everything just takes a little longer'. Dingle overhears her statement that Aunt Reeny sees no need for a 'service dog' and that ignites a spark in Dingle's imagination. Primarily because of Aunt Reeny's atmosphere of personal autonomy, Dingle sets out to find a way to make Aunt Reeny's life easier, and consults a dog friend Rex who wears a saddlebag to carry bottled water for the man who walks him. Dingle takes up the idea, gathers the necessary implements and with the help of Aunt Reeny's college student nephew Roddy, designs a version of a saddlebag that will carry something special for Aunt Reeny - something she may not 'need' but that will bring her happiness. And the next very hot day Aunt Reeny and her family decide they need a trip to Ice Cream Dreams for refreshment and relief from the heat. But the trip in the wheelchair and the heat slow Aunt Reeny down and she must take a rest. But something new happens: enter Roddy and Dingle with a saddle bag filled with cooling ice cream cones - an unexpected but cherished gift for Aunt Reeny - and a fine source of pride for the thoughtful 'service dog' Dingle.

Kinsella writes well and adds something to the format of this book that will help both children and reader alike: the story related in the usual 'comic book clouds' coming from each character is repeated in larger print in a box at the bottom of each page. The illustrations by Susan Anderson-Shorter are charming and make the story easily visible to the youngest reader. This is a very fine children's book form an author with a sensitive approach to the world of children's literature, guiding children to notice and appreciate disabled people in a very positive light. There hopefully will be more books by this unique author! Grady Harp, July 10

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review by . July 24, 2010
Children that adore dogs will love this book. Dingle is a pleasant dog, owned by an elderly woman confined to a wheelchair, he considers himself underutilized. His owner feels that she can do everything she needs to do, so there is no need for a service dog. However, Dingle doesn't conform to that point of view, he wants to find something that he can do besides being a "good dog."    Fortunately, he encounters a dog that is wearing a harness that contains drinks and snacks for his walker …
review by . August 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Stories for Children Magazine editor-in-chief, VS Grenier    Dingle is a dog who really wants to be more than an average pet. He wants to be special and help those he loves. However, Dingle is not sure how he can help. He knows there are dogs that help their human friends with everyday life, but his human doesn't seem willing to have those who love her help. What is a dog to do?    Children will enjoy learning about helping others as Dingle sets …
review by . August 05, 2010
This is one of my nephews favorite books. As soon as he opened it, he was instantly hooked. Parents will love how this book teaches kids to help.
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Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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Dingle...a dog who really wants to help, what a switch! Join him on his journey to get his ideas on the table, the outdoor ice cream cone stand table one very hot summer day.
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ISBN-10: 1449083625
ISBN-13: 978-1449083625
Author: Audrey Kinsella
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: AuthorHouse
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