Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy

Children - Grade K-3rd
24 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2014
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Author Biography

Billie Kelpin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the '50s and, as all lower Eastside Milwaukeeans, awoke most days to the smell of barley and hops emanating from Miller or Schlitz Brewing Companies intermingled with the heavy scent of warm chocolate from the Ambrosia House Chocolate Factory.

Kelpin's Milwaukee experiences are laced through her observational essays, short stories, and books. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Deaf Education, Billie's career as Teacher of the Deaf and Sign Language Interpreter informs much of her work as a writer, especially her new upcoming novel, "The Courage to Question."

Motivated by her often comical experiences as a left-hander living in a right-handed world, Billie's most recent children's book, "Lucky, the Left Pawed Puppy" will delight little left-handers and all children who have at times felt "left out."

The excitement of this self-published author opening up the first shipment of "Lucky, the Left Pawed Puppy" can be viewed at:

Perhaps as varied as the scents of a 50s Milwaukee morning, Billie's work continues to surprise readers with each new focus t

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy is a children’s book written by Billie Kelpin and illustrated by Julie Parker. Lucky lives with Mrs. Poppyset and his two dog friends, Shortstuff and Rags. Lucky seems to be doing everything a little bit differently than the other two dogs. When they play fetch with Mrs. Poppyset, Shortstuff and Rags run to one side of the yard, while Lucky runs to the other. It happens at night too. When they all pile up on the bed, Mrs. Poppyset is snuggled up with Shortstuff and Rags, and Lucky’s on the other side of the bed by himself. One day, the dogs are seen by a talent agent who decides that they could be the next dog stars, but when they begin to perform a twirling act on the stage, Lucky twirls in the wrong direction. The director calls for the animal trainer who soon discovers the truth -- Lucky is Left-Pawed.

Billie Kelpin’s children’s book, Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy, is sure to make a lot of lefties quite happy. I know it did that for me from the moment I saw the title. Yes, I’m left-handed and quite proud of the fact, but it still meant crouching around to write on tiny desks designed for right-handed people and being expected to play sports and do just about everything as if I were right-handed. Kelpin’s book shows lefties and righties alike that while there are some pretty basic differences between us, it’s really all right. Her words in the beginning of the book remark on the left-handed person’s ability to adapt but stress that learning to use one’s dominant hand can transform being able into becoming excellent. Wise words indeed. Her lively and entertaining story is accompanied by Parker’s brightly colored and amusing water-color illustrations. How I wish there were books like this when I was a child, but then again, I’m still thrilled to have found this one now. Lucky the Left Pawed Puppy is most highly recommended.