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Guide Dog Connections

by Norine Labitzke

What do an old Labrador from a loving family and a young Golden Retriever from a prison have in common? Moses, about to retire, doesn't want to give up his guide dog post, especially to a girl dog. He meets the new guide dog, Goldie, and is instantly suspicious, jealous and curious. Even though their backgrounds are different, they learn that they were both trained to do one thing: help a blind person. Two fifth graders, Ashley and Chloe, simultaneously develop a friendship after a rocky start. Ashley and the "in crowd" reject Chloe, because her mother's in prison. As they come to know Chloe, they accept her for who she is. Ashley's mother is blind and she and Chloe discover their lives are intricately connected. Ashley and Chloe learn about people, dogs, different kinds of blindness, the obstacles, the accomplishments, and varied careers of blind people. They learn about various kinds of working dogs. They look beyond differences and disabilities and find human qualities of love and compassion, sometimes in unexpected ways. The book tells the story of a Guide Dog's life from birth through retirement and compares being raised in a prison and a home. For grades 4-7.

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