Samson’s Tail – Mercy Hansen Mize, illustrated by Rachel Novel

      Samson’s Tail – Mercy Hansen Mize, illustrated by Rachel Novel, Mascot Books, 9781643074832, 2019 

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 What did you like about the book? This is a true story of a rescue dog named Samson, a prison inmate who has given up hope, and families that are looking for the perfect pet. In this story we meet Samson who has been rescued from a shelter in North Carolina and was transferred to the DAWGS Prison Program in Pennsylvania for training. Once in the prison, Samson meets an inmate named Trevor who is going to be his trainer. Unfortunately, both Samson and Trevor have fallen on tough times and both are withdrawn and distant from each other and others. Over time, a friendship is formed and Trevor is able to teach Samson all kinds of wonderful skills–perfect for his new life with his forever family.

The author of this book is the adopted mom of Samson and she and Samson travel to nursing homes and libraries spreading the word of this wonderful program–the rewards are numerous for both the inmates and the rescued animals.

 Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This is perfect for children ages six and older. Children that enjoy animal rescue books such as Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog, Can I Be Your Dog, and the ASPCA Pet Rescue Club books will enjoy this story.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school  libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction, but it looks like a picture book so maybe in a beginner nonfiction section.

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: November 20, 2019


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