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Book Review and Giveaway: Maggie’s Second Chance. Ends Nov 19th

Maggie’s Second Chance a gentle dog’s rescue written by Nancy Furstinger and illustrated by Joe Hyatt.

In a compelling story, movingly illustrated, the issue of animal abandonment is brought to life. Maggie, a pregnant lab mix, is left behind in her people’s deserted house. Discovered by the realtor, Maggie is brought to the pound where her puppies are born. When Jeff, a fourth-grader, reads a newspaper story about Maggie’s puppies being adopted while Maggie is not, he learns from his teacher that Maggie will be euthanized if no one adopts her. This knowledge galvanizes Jeff and his classmates to successfully plan and petition their town council to build an animal shelter. Maggie is given her second chance—taken to the new town shelter, where she is eventually adopted. Maggie’s Second Chance is based on the true story ofTexas fourth-graders who founded an animal shelter in their town. The final page offers factual comprehensive information on how to help abandoned dogs.

My Review: If you are an animal lover then you would love to read all about Maggie’s Second Chance a gentle dog’s rescue. This is a true story about the important of responsibility shown by fourth grade students who read about how Maggie was going to be euthanized. The children were determined to go to the city council and convinced the members to set up a shelter that would house animals that would not be killed but can stay in the shelter till they are adopted.  

This is a sad story with a happy ending. Sad because pets like Maggie are the casualty of foreclosures who are often left indoors, without food, water or the comforts of a temperature controlled environment. We should remember that pets are living and breathing creature incapable of fending for itself and that when you get a pet you are responsible for fending for that pet. What a great illustration by Joe Hyatt who was able to show the true expression of Maggie.

Ages: 5 and up

Pages: 24 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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  1. Love to enter the contest…my grandson would love to read this book……………………………

    Comment by Linda McFarland | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  2. I have 2 rescued dogs… this book sounds very good for children to read and to learn about pets. My niece’s daughter would love it, she is learning to be kind to animals, and this story is inspiring to show what a team of kids can do for animals.

    Comment by pumpkinlady430 | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  3. My granddaughter would love this book. I once had a golden lab and I just can’t imagine abandoning a dog. I do believe I’d enjoy this book myself! My granddaughter has a hugh soft spot for animals. I know her heart would go out to Maggie.

    Comment by Judy Burgi | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  4. I work at a doggie daycare where we foster dogs form the local shelter.I volunteer at the shelter itself,the thrift store it operates to raise money and at fundraisers .I try and educate people on the wonderfulness of adopting a shelter pet .This is a cause thats near and dear to my hert.

    Comment by Wanda L Flanagan | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  5. I’m a dog lover; we had a black lab for 16 years. So this book definitely sounds intriguing to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Comment by Margie | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  6. Awwww how sweet! We love black labs, we have a lab and pitbull mix named notch. We don’t have a dog as a rescue but we do have a cat. I think this book sounds super sweet and would be a must have for my daughters library collection

    Comment by larissa brunken | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  7. Sadly I haven’t heard about the Foreclosure animals. How terrible to desert an animal and a pregnant one at that. I’m so glad it has a Happy ending. The likeness to Maggie’s expression is amazing on the cover. Commented on Interview. GFC name is Lucky47
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  8. Nancy Furstinger is a wonderful person and author. I would love to win her book! We all need to get the word out to “adopt” our next fur-family member!

    Comment by Joanne | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  9. I too have a rescue, and try to work on fostering dogs. adopt, dont shop. want the book nancy!!! also know what a wonderful writer and kind animal person nancy is
    sharon lane holm

    Comment by sharon holm | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  10. I own 3 rescues, and everyday I wish I could take more…hate that so many are put to death. What blessings they are with their unconditional Love.
    The boys would love this book!
    Thank You!


    Comment by Maureen Timerman | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  11. My parents have a dog, Sunni, with a similar story. She’d been a stray for a year and wouldn’t get near anyone. She ended up having puppies in my grandfather’s barn and my mom started feeding her, so she’d be healthy enough to keep her puppies fed. My mom and Sunni formed a bond that I’ve never seen before in dog and human. It’s really neat! I’m sure my whole family would enjoy reading this book with a story like Sunni’s. 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | November 7, 2011 | Reply

  12. We need more books like this, and more of our young children enlightened to the cause of those who have no voice, who need advocates to speak up, and step up for them. This is a compassionate, generously spirited book that calls all of us to action – I am happy to say that our family joins the ranks of those who’ve already posted here who are blessed to have our own rescue who came off the mean streets of L.A. into her ‘forever’ home with us.

    Comment by Jane Bellomy | November 9, 2011 | Reply

  13. As an animal lover it breaks my heart to hear stories like these and now days you hear more and more stories like this every day…Our pit bull Bob is a very big part of our family and we could and would never leave him to fend for his self no mater what!

    Comment by dawnhagan | November 16, 2011 | Reply

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