New Children’s Picture Book Teaches about Responsibility

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A Visit from the Neighbor’s Dog Causes Trouble and Reveals Practical Lessons

THE ADVENTURES OF BIG DOG: troubles and triumph is a children’s picture book written by Grandpa Don Draayer, with illustrations by Al Tollefson. The story begins with two children, Dirk and Dawn, playing with their neighbor’s large dog named BIG DOG. A “dog wish” is placed deep into their minds and hearts. Repeatedly, they plead with their dad and mom for their own dog at their own home, but the answer is always, “No!”

When the neighbor’s dog comes to their house for a two-day stay, Dirk and Dawn are delighted. They are filled with hope that the dog’s visit will turn the “No!” into a “Yes!” Within minutes of BIG DOG’s arrival, troubles show up too. His good nature is never in doubt, but his habits and actions do not help the children’s cause. Their hope for their very own dog dims as the troubles mount, but they do not give up. One hour before BIG DOG is to return to his own house, he performs an extraordinary feat; a kind of miracle.

What troubles did BIG DOG cause? How did BIG DOG become a hero? Would dad and mom change their mind? Will the children’s hope for their own dog become a triumph?

This book will be featured at this year’s American Association of School Librarians Book Exhibit in Minneapolis, MN, on October 26 to 30, 2011.

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About the Author
Dr. Don Draayer, a teacher, principal, National School Superintendent of the Year, and warm-hearted grandpa, has loved children his whole life. His affection for dogs began in his early years as a farmer’s son, and continued as a parent to two children, Dirk and Dawn, and grandpa to five children, to whom he told dog stories at bedtime, on camping trips, during long car journeys, and now to you the reader. This particular story, like most of his dog stories, is based partially on fact and considerably on imagination.

THE ADVENTURES OF BIG DOG: troubles and triumph * by Grandpa Don Draayer Ed.D.
Publication Date: October 12, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4653-4895-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4653-4896-8

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