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Reviewed by Dawn Weaver for Readers' Favorite
How many of us root for the underdog? We want that person or team or, in this case literally the dog, that doesn’t seem to have a chance to be the one that succeeds or wins or finds a home. Hogan’s Hope by Connie Bombaci is one such inspiring and encouraging story. It tells the journey of Number Ten, a deaf Dalmatian looking for a forever home, from the farm where he was born to his final home with the author herself! Who helped him on his way? How did he get the name Hogan? What can we learn from his special set of circumstances? You’ll have to read this beautiful book, lovingly and skillfully illustrated by the author’s daughter, Heather Ferrer, to find out.
Hogan’s Hope by Connie Bombaci is a touching and inspiring story! It most certainly has the potential to help children, and adults, understand and empathize with those who are special for whatever reason. The illustrations were enchanting and I can definitely envisage children being captivated by them. The questions throughout the book were wonderful points for connecting with Hogan’s feelings. I love that readers can learn some of the signs that Hogan was taught; I know that children will enjoy being able to sign these to others. Teachers, parents, and grandparents would definitely benefit from having this in their schools and homes. Who knows? Maybe this will inspire readers to reach out more to those who are different and special, both animal and human.