My New Life!

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 12/25/2019
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Author Biography

Dede Stockton loves to read and has enjoyed reading her whole life. As a child, she was a military brat and so lived all over the world. Most places did not have television, or at least not American television, and because she is an only child and there were no electronic devices in those days, she read... Anything she could get her hands on!

Dede lives in Colorado where she can enjoy all 4 seasons on any given day! She owns a home based business as a virtual assistant and loves interacting with clients all over the country. Part of the freedom of being self-employed is one of being able to pursue other dreams. Writing a book is one of those dreams and Dede hopes to be able to write many more in the coming years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Scratches loves his life on the ranch high in the Colorado mountains. He has a field full of mares to protect and care for. One day, while protecting his herd from a large mountain lion, Scratches injures his front leg so badly that he can barely stand on it. His little friend, Kolbie, and her grandmother rescue Scratches, bringing him to their small farm and nursing him back to good health. In the process, however, Scratches gets lonely. He was so used to being around his mares that living in the barn by himself made him sad. So his caregivers bring in a goat, Daisy, and the two become inseparable. Daisy would cry when Scratches was taken on his daily walk, so Scratches started refusing to go for his walk without Daisy. And, when Daisy disappears one night, it’s Scratches who comes to her rescue.

Dede Stockton and LaRae Musselman’s picture book story, Scratches: My New Life!, is based on a true story about a rescued horse and his goat. The story is told in simple language to appeal to young readers. The vivid illustrations, bright and colorful, add to the story and help move the plot along. The story will appeal to young animal lovers and young readers will instantly fall in love with both Scratches and Daisy. Like Anna Sewell’s classic Black Beauty, the story of Scratches will encourage young readers to be compassionate to all animals and to realize the special bond that can result from an animal who’s rescued.