For the Dogs: Pup Protagonist Spins a Yarn for Kids

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Summer reading isn't just for kids. Dogs and young readers are working together in a new literacy program in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Petey is a personal trainer, motivational speaker, etiquette expert… and an author. He’s also a dog. And in the illustrated children’s picture book, FOREVER FRIENDS (ISBN # 1-931290-54-7, smallfellow press) he helps Skip, his young owner, with the day-to-day obstacles of home, school and social life.

This month he’ll also help youngsters in Los Angeles and Pasadena, courtesy of a new literacy trend called Reading to Dogs – where real therapy canines lend their ears to young readers in need of eager, non-judgmental listeners.

FOREVER FRIENDS, by clinical psychologist Barbara S. Cohen, is fast becoming the number one choice amongst four-legged (and two-legged) bookworms across the country. Narrated by Petey, the story depicts the special relationship between him and his best friend, Skip. "He has a hard time waking up for school, so I help him out a little," Petey says as he climbs into bed to lick Skip’s face.

Children involved in the after-school program, Barks & Books, in Pasadena will have the chance to read Petey’s saga to pups at the Pasadena Public Library on July 8.

On July 10 at 1 p.m. author Barbara Cohen will read and sign books at Storyopolis, 116 N Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. After the signing, children will read to and play with various animals provided by the non-profit organization, Kids-n-Pets, a group that teaches children positive life skills through the humane training of animals. Pet adoptions will also be available. For more details call Storyopolis at (310) 358-2500.

For additional information, or to book appearances by the author, contact Claudia Sloan at Tallfellow Press.

Tallfellow Press is an eclectic publisher located in Los Angeles. Its predecessor, Price Stern Sloan, is best known for the popular word game, "Mad Libs," the ever-true "Murphy’s Law," the melodious "Wee Sing" and many other unique books for children.


Claudia Sloan

Tallfellow Press

(310) 203-3837

(310) 203-3893 fax

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