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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In The Evolution Of Charlie by Steven F Freeman, we are introduced to an adorable white dog who is thinking back on her life from a puppy to the adult dog she is now. She remembers her mother and sister, but also recalls that they rarely saw their humans who were supposed to be taking care of them. Her sister was taken away and shortly after Charlie began to get sick. As the weather turned colder the sicker she got but no one did anything to help her. The nice lady who rescued her sister came back to rescue her, along with her mother. After being taken to the vet and treated for mange and other illnesses, Charlie was brought to a lady named Maxine who was caring for other dogs. Then one day Maxine took Charlie to a place where a girl named Ashleigh reunited her with her sister, whose name she found out was Zoe. Ashleigh gave her the name Charlie and took care of her until she began to feel better. Once her hair grew back and she was healed, Charlie’s new mom took her everywhere and they did everything together, which made the pup feel wanted and loved.
The Evolution Of Charlie was such a heartfelt and enjoyable read for me. As a mother of four fur babies, all of our dogs are rescue animals. Charlie is a sweet main character and using her delivers a very important message to children when it comes to animals. Charlie’s previous owners are examples of people that shouldn’t have pets. The mistreatment broke my heart to read, but sadly enough this is a reality for many animals. Children must know early on that having an animal is a responsibility and that they are family. The Evolution Of Charlie delivers this message perfectly and in a way that a child could understand. We follow Charlie on her journey of rescue, recovery, and finally finding her forever home. The illustrations are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. Overall, I think Steven F Freeman has done a wonderful job with this story and I can’t wait to read more from this author.