Where Happy Endings Await

Children's stories promoting pet education
by Brenda L. Fiorini
Author and Publisher

Friday, January 6, 2012

Read! Write! Rescue!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new literacy program that will be available soon! Any individual or business may sponsor a classroom or school and children will receive a copy of "Rescue Pup" to take home to keep. The teacher will also receive a copy for their classroom library as well as a felt story set. A variety of classroom activities will also be supplied to go along with the story and felt set. Lessons will assist with improving literacy skills, promoting pet education, building character, and developing social and emotional skills. Rescue Pup offers many opportunities to teach "critical thinking" and "Problem Solving" skills. There are many fun picture books for children, but it is important that we choose those that will build deeper thinking strategies so important for children to be successful today. Please visit my website at www.joyfuljourneybooks.com and click on "Lit Program" to find out more about the development of Read! Write! Rescue!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kickstarter Support!

I would like to invite you to the following website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1023790305/rescue-pup-a-special-dog-a-big-adventure-a-happy-e

where you can view my "project" Rescue Pup and Buddy's Story Time Felt. This project is an effort to seek supporters and funding so that I may have the opportunity to print and distribute more books and felt sets to children, parents, teachers, humane educators, and animal lovers.

I am working hard to circulate this wonderful humane education package in an attempt to touch on many different areas:

Pet Education
Character Education
Literacy Education
Social and Emotional Growth

Most of all, it is an attempt to help homeless animals find homes with loving and caring families. Please visit Kickstarter to view my project, pictures, video, read aloud, and find out how you can receive rewards for your support!

God Bless and have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Animal Shelter Fundraiser


During your pet education unit, read aloud Rescue Pup to your class, place class orders, and I will donate 25% of the total order to an animal shelter of your choice.

A great way to GIVE to your local animal shelter and teach children about pet care. Students will receive an autographed copy of the book and a "free" gift.

Printable Order form available on www.joyfuljourneybooks.com (teacher link)

You Tube Video Rescue Pup read aloud

I would like to invite you to watch and listen to my new You Tube video read aloud of "Rescue Pup." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n32ylhr6Vts

Teachers, librarians, humane educators, parents, grandparents, and anyone who rescues animals, I hope that you find this story relevant, educational, and touching. It is so important for children to learn that animals need us in order to survive and to lead happy and healthy lives. Rescue Pup is a great way to begin teaching children the responsibilities of pet ownership. Every child who has read this story likes reading it time and again.

Own your own copy today - Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie book stores. Order a signed copy today by visiting my website at www.joyfuljourneybooks.com

Friday, August 12, 2011

Teaching Kindness

Did you know that there are approximately a dozen states in the US that have mandated laws for public schools requiring HUMANE EDUCATION as part of their curriculum? Those states include: California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin. Please visit www.teachkind.com/laws.asp to find the specific law number so that you can type in a search and read the law for that state.

Many studies have confirmed that violence, including youth violence, is often first manifested in abuse toward animals. The link between violence toward animals and violence toward humans has been studied for several decades and results have consistently shown that a high percentage of violent criminals victimized animals first.

Humane education serves as a deterrent to violence and helps break the cycle of violence against humans and animals.

As an educator for 20 years, I have seen bullying time and time again. It has become even more visible with the cyberspace bullying issues. Our public school systems are trying to put in place programs to prevent bullying. I STRONGLY believe that one such program should be a humane education program. We need to provide our children with tools to be compassionate and responsible members of our society. Humane education, instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals, furthers this goal by cultivating empathy and compassion in our youth toward all living beings.

There are many programs and materials that teachers and parents can obtain through humane organizations. Just type in a search for humane education materials and often there are free downloads or free materials that can be mailed. Teaching humane education to young children is easy with books, books, books! There are many picture books available. (I think I have most of them!) that introduce proper treatment of animals to children. Check out Joyful Journey Books and The Gryphon Press to start. Many children's books about pets and humane education bring about the awareness of neglect, homelessness, and dangers that stray animals face. My new children's book titled, "Rescue Pup" introduces children to animal abandonment, animal rescue, animal shelters, and pet adoptions. It also introduces basic responsibilities that a child can handle when a new pet comes into their home. "Rescue Pup" is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and my website at www.joyfuljourneybooks.com. It is also available in the following retail stores: Book World - Sterling, IL; Book World - Galena, IL; Tuff Dog Bakery - Sterling, IL; Books on First - Dixon, IL; River Ridge Animal Hospital - Dixon, IL; New Earth - Galena, IL.

Please talk to your local library and ask them to carry "Rescue Pup" and other humane educational stories. "Rescue Pup" is a wonderful book for parents to share with their children. This book will initiate discussion about many important topics and lessons for children. Lots of discussion is derived from just one reading! "Rescue Pup" is written in rhyming verse and children love to read it over and over.

Teachers! Please consider adding a humane education unit this year! Watch your students turn into responsible, caring, & giving young citizens! You may even want to consider a community service project with your local animal shelter! Best Wishes as the 2011-12 school year begins!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Buddy's Story Time Felt Set

Hi everyone! I would like to let you know about "Buddy's Story Time Felt Set." This is an extension of the book, "Rescue Pup." These felt pieces are a great way to have students continue their discussion after reading "Rescue Pup." Kids can talk about all the things "Meg" must do to take care of Buddy. This is an interactive way to let kids participate and talk about their own experiences with their pets. The set includes Buddy, food and water bowls, bed, collar, tags, leash, vaccine, stethoscope, bathtub, brush, toy, bone, fence, house, dog house, tree, sun, rain, snow. Please visit www.joyfuljourneybooks.com and click on the catalog link to view the felt set. The pieces come on one sheet and must be cut out. Orders can be placed on my website. Together, Rescue Pup and Buddy's Story Time Felt are great materials to use with young children if you are thinking about adopting a dog to become part of your family or if you are a humane educator going into schools to teach young children about homeless animals and pet care. Both are designed for a young audience. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rescue Pup

Rescue Pup

Telling Buddy’s story in Rescue Pup creates in readers, young and old, an awareness of our system of rescuing animals that can’t fend for themselves. Buddy is abandoned in an empty house and breaks free to be faced with many dangers on his own. He eventually finds himself in an over crowded shelter where he fears he will never be noticed and adopted. It is worth reading time and again to our children.

It is a story for building character, as it deals with concepts like responsibility, friendship, and love.Young readers benefit by being exposed to these easily in their development. These are presented naturally, in the context of the story, not as heavy-handed lecturing, so children can easily grasp them and take them in.

Perhaps what gives the story its greatest impact is that it is based on a true story. What makes it important is that what happened to Buddy happens all too often in our modern world. That’s why this simple book is also a very important one. Because as we teach our children how to responsibly care for the animals put into our charge, we begin to create a future where there will be no more pets that have to go through what Buddy did.

We hope you enjoy reading this book with your children and that it will stimulate many conversations about how to responsibly care for our wonderful companions; our pets.