There’s no place like home for the howl-idays.
Author and dog lover Andree Siracusa emphasizes the reason for the season in new children’s book
Christmas is not so much about opening presents as it is opening our hearts.
In “Granny Glitter’s Christmas Story,” artist and graphic designer Andree Siracusa (aka Granny Glitter) tells the true story of her dog Koko, a blind Chow Chow puppy she saved from euthanization at a pet store during a round of Christmas shopping for her other pets.
After his rescue, Koko adjusts to his new home he shares with Venus the Doberman, Twinkie the Pomeranian, Marker the parrot, and the neighbor’s cat, Scratch. After some tender loving care and some eye drops, Koko soon receives the best Christmas present of all — his eyesight.
Through her heart-warming story, Siracusa hopes to teach children and their parents the importance of giving all pets a chance, as well as emphasize the Christmas spirit of giving.
“We, as humans, can learn from the unconditional love we receive from animals,” Siracusa said. “It’s important that we give that unselfish love in return.” Even though they cannot speak our language, or perhaps it is that we cannot speak in theirs, the true meaning of Christmas and unconditional love can be found within our pets.
MY THOUGHTS: ‘Granny Glitter’ is a fresh take on traditional Christmas stories. In one story, our author combines messages of love, doing unto others, & family-centered themes. For elementary kids who are bored with the same Christmas/seasonal books every year, they’ll love the pictures as well as the fun-loving, Grandma heroine. Well-done, I’d definitely recommend it.
Granny Glitter’s Christmas Story
By Andree Siracusa
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse
About the author
Andree Siracusa is an artist and graphic designer in Florida. She has many pets, including dogs, birds and horses. She has published many other children’s books: “A Doberman’s Puppy Days,” “The Hole in the Fence,” “A Horse Named Charlie” and “The Egg Surprise.”
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.