Corporate Leader Answers Calling to Write Children’s Book with a Deep Message

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Kristi Forbes pens book about adopted pet Jetta Dog who finds a home in the story and in our hearts.

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The story found me at a time when I needed it most. I want to spend the rest of my life making a difference in children's and animal's lives; life really is all about giving back.

Inspired from a real-life, four-legged family member, Kristi Forbes has managed to capture the essence of her personal pet-adoption experience into a book that connects with children and animal lovers alike. The book promises to warm the hearts of those young and old this holiday season.

Titled "Jetta Dog finds a Home for Christmas," the story is about a multi-breed citizen of nowhere. Jetta Dog finds a home in our hearts as she searches for a loving family. She’s scrappy, enthusiastic, and friendly, though she’s slightly nervous and shy about new surroundings.

While this children’s book is targeted for readers aged 3-8, its subtle messages about volunteering, the goodness of animal shelters, the importance of loving homes, family, and relationships are relevant for readers of all ages. This book also broaches the subjects of adaptability and appreciating the goodness of others, especially those who are different from you.

Jetta and all of the characters in the book are real animals from the Carteret County Humane Society, who all found loving homes!

To follow Jetta’s story, check her out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

"Jetta Dog finds a Home for Christmas" has received heartfelt reader reviews:

  • “This is an excellent teaching book that shows young ones the value of never giving up and being yourself. I love the "feel good" ending and the illustrations are captivating. I'm making this a traditional "read every Christmas" book for the family. Looking forward to more adventures from Jetta!”
  • “A perfect read for anyone who loves animals! This is a heartwarming story and the message will make you laugh and cry. Great for kids of all ages and adults too. If you have ever rescued an animal then you should definitely read this book. I loved every page and the illustrations are fantastic.”
  • ”What a WONDERFUL read! I enjoyed this book just as much as my daughter. Through this book, Jetta teaches my daughter about family, love, and friendship, while giving back to help the community. What a great find! I highly recommend.”

“Nothing about this book has been forced. The story found me at a time when I needed it most; I want to spend the rest of my life making a difference in children’s and animal’s lives; life really is all about giving back.” – Kristi Forbes

Forbes is available for interviews to speak about her book and personal mission, as well as book readings and signings.

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"Jetta Dog finds a Home for Christmas"
By Kristi Forbes
Page Publishing, Inc.
Aug. 6, 2015
$21.95 hardback; $11.95 paperback; $22.00 paperback and plush gift set; $32.00 hardback and plush gift set; $9.99 eBook; 34 pages
ISBN 978-1682134580

About Kristi Forbes:

Kristi Forbes has had a career in the corporate tradeshow business for over 25 years, but felt a calling to write a story inspired by the adoption of her loving dog, Jetta. Writing has opened up a new world to her by connecting to students, teachers, parent’s, author’s, librarians and volunteers, it has been most rewarding. This book originated from the happiness brought to her by a little furry four-legged family member. "Jetta Dog Finds a Home for Christmas" has many messages that Kristi wants to share with readers all over the world about volunteering, a positive shelter experience, the importance of family, (friendships) individuality, and adaptability. She will continue to share those messages – and the stories of what happens to the real characters – through (a promising children’s book series, her next book will come out next year “Jetta Dog Goes to the Beach”) and associated merchandise.

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