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Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog

by Barbara Gail Techel
Illustrated by Victoria Kay Lieffring

      Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog is an amazing children's book! It has an uplifting and positive message and teaches children (and adults alike) how to overcome and endure life's challenges while being more tolerant of others who struggle with disabilities. Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog was chosen as a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards children's non-fiction category in May 2008. Frankie is an inspiration to us all and she has left an indelible paw print on my heart and I'm certain she will yours as well.

This is Frankie's story, told from Frankie's perspective.

Frankie, short for Francesca, is a dachshund who started out life with the use of all four of her legs. She was adopted by a very loving and caring family when she was three months old and she was very, very happy. Well, except for when she lost her older sister (an older dog, Cassie, who died from cancer) but aside from that Frankie couldn't have asked for more loving and caring doggie parents.

When Frankie was six-years-old she suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed in both back legs. After surgery and physical therapy Frankie's parents got her a specially made cart with wheels; it fit her perfectly and helped her get around on her own. It took Frankie a few tries to get the hang of walking with wheels but once she got the hang of it she was able to run around in her yard again and chase rabbits and yes even the mailman!

Even though Frankie still misses Cassie she now has a few other siblings to share life with and play with. Life is good for Frankie. Frankie holds her head high and rolls along with pride, enjoying every day of her very precious life.

The Book

Joyful Paw Prints
January 11, 2008
Soft Cover Picture Book
978-0-9800052-0-2 / 0-9800052-0-5
Children's Non-fiction, Ages 3 & Up
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2008
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