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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dog Lovers Alert: You Gotta Meet "Frankie The Walk 'N Roll Dog"

TITLE: Frankie The Walk 'N Roll Dog
AUTHOR: Barbara Gail Techel
GENRE/CATEGORY: Nonfiction - Children's
ISBN #: 978-0-9800052-0-2
NAME OF REVIEWER: Dr. Alicia DiFabio

Reviewed by Dr. Alicia DiFabio for WelcomeToMyPlanet4 blog
So Much More Than A Children's Book: One Small Dog Teaches One Big Lesson About Facing Disability

I read to my children every night. They usually get hooked on one particular book for months. Their newest obsession is a book that I enjoy reading just as much as they enjoy hearing it: Frankie The Walk 'N Roll Dog.

This true story is narrated by a heroine so lovable and relatable to children - a little "wiener dog" named Frankie. Her story is told in her own "voice" through her owner and book's author, Barbara Gail Techel. Frankie is a little dog who is loved dearly and enjoying a happy life until one day a spinal injury leaves her hind legs paralyzed. At this point, the story could become a tragedy; but it doesn't. It shines as a story of love, hope and over- coming challenges.

Frankie's spinal injury necessitates her learning how to use a special doggy wheelchair and her life moves forward just as full and rich as it ever was before. In fact, even richer, because now little Frankie and Barbara enjoy meeting, educating, spreading awareness, acceptance and encouragement to children and adults everywhere who are facing all types of difficult situations. Frankie and Barbara not only get through the challenges life gave them, but use their experience to reach out to the world and help others. The message is not one of "being dealt the cards you are given," but of the joy and empowerment that life gifts to you, even in the most challenging of times.

What I like about this book is that it captures children of all ages and can be used to convey positive messages about disabling conditions. The book's life lesson is so multifaceted that it can meet any child, at any age, where they are in their development. The story, for instance, can be summarized for younger children as they connect with the brightly colored pictures. For older children, you can read the length of the story verbatim, and it is even a perfect book for young readers to enjoy reading aloud on their own.

If you're interested in a visually appealing, inspirational, and educational book for your kids, nieces, nephews, religious group, daycare or school, I highly recommend the multi-award winning Frankie The Walk 'N Roll Dog as a great learning tool, conversation starter about disabilities, and just a plain, nice enjoyable read for anyone who loves animals.

To learn more about Frankie's amazing life and dedication to raising awareness in the community about disabilities, visit her blog,


Reviewed by Alicia DiFabio,Welcome To My Planet and New Jersey Moms

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Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

Thank you, Alicia for such a beautiful review!! And thank you Carolyn for honoring authors with a wonderful blog to showcase these amazing reviews we authors simply could not live without. I for one am so grateful!!

~Barbara Techel
Author & proud mom of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog
2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion

Laughing Stars said...

Alicia, You are a fabulous writer, as well as having a mother's heart. :-) Beautiful review!

college admission essay help said...

I love the determination of Frankie to go on with her life despite her disabilities. This may serve as an inspiration to us.

Anonymous said...

This sounds cool. I've got a novel going that echoes the same themes. Called Belle's Star, it's written from an abused dog's point of view. She must learn to overcome her distrust of people and become a pet. Parents and tezchers can download a study guide designed to help kids discuss things like bullying, abuse, and how to make friends and keep them. The book will be officially out in August. It's currently on Amazon and at Belle's going to go on to hzve further adventures here and abroad. Frankie could, too. Belle's for kids who can read complex stories. Frankie sounds perfect for younger kids. I love the title btw. Sounds like Belle and Frankie could bark up a storm of awareness for different age groups. Keep me posted on how Frankie does.

Connie Gotsch