A Los Diggities Christmas


Children - Animals
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/08/2016
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Author Biography

JEANIE CUNNINGHAM – Author, Composer, Narrator

A lifelong dog lover, internationally heralded singer/songwriter, Jeanie Cunningham, has been rescuing mutts for as long as she can remember. So, it was only natural that her passion for saving animals would be combined with her remarkable composing and performing talents to create the Los Diggities series—the story of three discarded dogs.

Most of Jeanie’s professional life has been spent performing across the globe with her own band, as well as recording with musical greats such as Ike and Tina Turner, and touring with Lionel Richie and David Crosby. She has seven internationally released albums, featuring original songs that topped the charts in Europe and the United States.

Her critically acclaimed voice and song-writing skills have been featured by companies such as Toshiba, Epson, Chevron, and Hewlett Packard, along with dozens of others. The country of Aruba commissioned Jeanie to write her now famous anthem, We Will Remember. Jeanie’s remarkable musical talents range from composing a full-length opera to hundreds of original pop, classical, and promotional songs.

Since infancy, she’s also shared her life, home, bed and occasional meals with canine pals. Along the way, she has mentored and taught human children life-lessons and ukulele skills. Xena and Oscar, two of the very special companions who have blessed Jeanie’s life (along with their best friend, Oso) inspired her to combine her passions for music, story telling, and teaching to create the Los Diggities series of stories.

Raising awareness of the plight of homeless animals and their need for good homes is at the heart of Los Diggities. By bringing their stories and personalities to kids of all ages, Jeanie utilizes the magical personalities of Xena, Oscar, and Oso to impart life-lessons that are both important and delightfully entertaining.
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ELISABETH THORMODSRUD – Co-Author

Norwegian-born, musician, author, and teacher, Elisabeth Thormodsrud, has devoted her life to music and special education. She is recognized as one of Norway's leading experts in the field of digital reading and writing aids, as well as text-to-speech systems, working with children and adults, alike. But her real passion is playing the ukulele, which she also teaches.

She is the author of three books on the ukulele that are used in much of the Norwegian school system. (www.goymedukulele.com) She regularly commutes between Norway, Spain, and the United States, both on business and to enjoy her other two passions, hiking and biking. Elisabeth began collaborating with Jeanie on the Los Diggities series in 2013, bringing her unique brand of creativity and production expertise to these remarkable stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

A Los Diggities Christmas by Jeanie Cunningham and Elisabeth Thormodsrud has a Christmas theme as the backdrop. Oso, the youngest of the Los Diggities pack, is completely taken by the Christmas decorations. He finds the Christmas lights and music enchanting and, along with Xena and human Jeannie, Oso is looking forward to celebrating his first Christmas. Jeannie has warned him not to eat chocolates, especially while they are outside on a walk, but despite her warnings, Oso eats chocolates from a box underneath her Christmas tree. He feels sick towards the end. Will it ruin his Christmas? Will Jeannie and Xena have to celebrate Christmas without Oso? The book conveys a message to everyone about how certain types of food that are good for humans can be bad for dogs.

The story is heartwarming and will connect with all those who love dogs and have pets. The author captures the essence of the Christmas season very well. It's a heartwarming story with some beautiful illustrations that breathe life into the characters and scenes. It's a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Books with concepts and messages are good for children and help them understand the concept or message when narrated via a story and beautiful illustrations. This book does just that. It speaks about the importance of giving proper food to dogs and also that not all human food can be good for dogs.