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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Dachshund Through the Snow by Michelle Medlock Adams, we are introduced to Crosby who happens to be the smallest miniature wiener dog in Diggityville. He was even in the news because of it, but it wasn’t something that he enjoyed. He’s very insecure about his height and when the media ran a story about him, he wasn’t happy. Crosby wanted to be known for more than his size. Unfortunately, his stature was just how people saw him. They didn’t care that he was well dressed, that he had a beautiful bushy tail, or that he was a great burrower. When the Arctic Animal Olympics was finally advertised, Crosby was both overjoyed and excited. For the first time, he was going to be allowed to compete and hoped that he’d do well and that people wouldn’t care about his small size anymore. Unfortunately, once the town found out he was going to be competing, they began to bully him. To get away from his tormentors, he burrowed deep into the snow. When he emerged, he ended up in a cave where he met Santa and his reindeer who had become stuck in a snow storm and were lost. When Santa asked for his help, Crosby knew that he’d be able to save the day.
I thought this was an adorable holiday book that I'm sure kids would enjoy. Like with most children’s books, there are lessons to be learned in Dachshund Through the Snow. The first is that bullying is bad and has no place anywhere. It’s wrong and it’s not nice to hurt people's feelings like that. The other is that you can do anything you set your mind to despite what people are saying. Crosby might have been little but he believed in himself and that alone helped him assist Santa which led to him saving the day. I also really loved the colorful illustrations and they provide an amazing visual for kids. I think Michelle Medlock Adams has done a wonderful job with this tale and I can’t wait to see more of her work.