Maggie's Second Chance
From All Creatures Book and Video Review Guide

Author: Nancy Furstinger and Joe Hyatt

Reviewed by Frank and Mary Hoffman



The Gryphon Press
6808 Margaret's Lane
Edina, MN 55439
Copyright 2011 text by Nancy Furstinger
Copyright 2011 art by Joe Hyatt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010928919
ISBN: 978-0-940719-11-8
For Children ages 5 and up
Hardback, jacket, $16.95 US


Maggie's Second Chance is a delightfully illustrated children's book which inspires children to help animals in need. In the story, we follow the life of Maggie, who was abandoned in a locked house, rescued, and finally gets a forever loving home.

One of the things that impressed us about this book is that it helps preserve a child's sense of empathy for all living beings. As the publisher says, most children have a deep sense of what is ethically right, and this book definitely will reinforce that inner understanding about the way the world should really be.

The books ends with a page about how to help other animals in need.

Maggie's Second Chance would make a wonderful gift for any child that would be appreciated for many years.

About the Authors:

Nancy Furstinger, the author of nearly one hundred books, many about animals, was an editor at two children's book publishing houses. She shares her home with three rescued dogs (including Jolly, the real Maggie) and seven rescued house rabbits.

Joe Hyatt is the illustrator of Buddy Unchained, an award-winning picture book used in schools and libraries around the country. He has a career painting portraits of dogs that was inspired by the portrait he made of his yellow Labrador retriever, Nola. He lives in California with his three rescued dogs, Nola, Turtle, and Holiday.

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