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 out to help those he loves and in the process gets help from others, too. The colorful illustrations are fun and really show Dingle's personality.
The only downside to the book, at least for my family, was the text being in two places on the page. My little one would read the talk bubbles and then the box of text on each page. She would then turn to me and asked why it said the same thing twice. I found this to be a distraction for beginning readers. Otherwise, the story is very cute and one children will enjoy.
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 … more
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 … more