Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Release date: Aug, 2021
Content Rating: G.
This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.
An amazing book with a message that every child should hear. We watch Punk start off in a loving family until they get tired of him. They stop paying him any attention and let his health start to deteriorate. One day a stranger asks Punk’s family if he can take Punk and get him the help he needs – they readily let him go. Punk is very confused as to why his family is letting him go and to a stranger. Turns out the stranger knows what Punk needs – he takes his time to let Punk get comfortable and then they get Punk all fixed up. Punk is ecstatic! Eventually though Punk is going to his Furever home with a brand new family – it works out great in the end.
Letting kids know that it’s not okay to be mistreated is so important. They need to understand that it’s not normal for people to mistreat children and they should seek help. There are people out there that will not only help but go above and beyond. I know this is a subject I will discuss thoroughly with my son – I want him to know that he can tell me anything and I will do my best to help him. I also want my son to know that if his friends need help that he can also trust me to do the right thing. A wonderful book that every child will learn from.
Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.
Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.
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