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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
In the children’s book Mercy by Mary Clark Dalton, it’s time to choose a new family member! It is the 8th birthday of Aidan, a blind boy. He wants a dog to love, to have a companion, but also to one day have the dog trained as a guide dog. For Mercy, Aidan’s blindness is her path to happiness because Aidan does not judge the little dog by her looks (which the other dogs always make fun of in a mean way). He judges her from the heart, and from the energy shared between them when they first meet. The decision is made quickly: Mercy is to be Aidan’s dog. But will the dog with the funny face be a suitable match for a blind boy? What will happen when something dangerous happens? Readers of this lovely little tale will soon find out!
I love dogs and work with dogs, so I picked up Mercy by Mary Clark Dalton not because I am a kid, but because I love little stories like this. Sometimes, it’s what you need after a depressing day, or simply as a reminder that good can happen in this world – even to poor, previously bullied shelter dogs. I found this story to be moving and it is also a good lesson for people who think shelter dogs aren’t useful as family pets or always have issues. It’s just not the case as Mercy very well proves. I would recommend that parents who want to pick a dog from a shelter with their kid(s) should read a book like this. It will teach them that the looks of a dog are not the most important thing. It’s an important overall lesson in kindness and humanity. In addition, it’s a really cute story with sweet illustrations. You can’t help but fall in love with the content – both words and images.