January 17, 2011
Blog Tour: Second Chance - Sandra Gerencher
by Carly Bennett
Published: April 14th 2008, Tribute Books
Acquired: Digital copy sent for review
Summary (from Goodreads): The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix.
All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry.
My review: Second Chance is an educational story about autism, adoption and unconditional love. Narrated by Chance the rescue dog, I couldn't help but fall in love with this book within the first couple of pages.
We learn about Chance's adoption and the bond he forms with the autistic son of the family, Ryan. We also hear about Chance's experiences with the other dogs in the house and how he learns about adoption and the meaning of family.
Second Chance is a fantastic book that I know would be the perfect tool to each younger children about both adoption and autism. It's such a heart-warming story and I can guarantee you won't be able to remain stony faced at Chance's sweet, sensitive narration.
Second Chance is a quick read and, at twenty eight pages, it’s perfect to read in a single sitting. As a dog owner myself this book made me smile and I think it would do the same with many of you out there.
Total: 14/20 (B)
Other links to check out for more information:
PBS Kids Recommended title
Book web site
Sandra J. Gerencher on Facebook
Tribute Books website
Tribute Books on Facebook
Follow Tribute Books on Twitter
Sandra J. Gerencher Bio:
Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).