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The Christmas Poodle
Why you should care about this book
This book and my personal story as an author are good resources for you if you are producing a piece about:
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Service Dogs
- Self Acceptance
- Compassion for Oneself
- Compassion for Others
The Christmas Poodle will resonate with children dealing with a chronic illness and help others to understand such children better. The Christmas Poodle is a story of triumph where the very thing one thinks is holding them back is instead a gift.
The lead character in this book, Thomas, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis as a little boy. Like Thomas, I was diagnosed with RA also, but I was older at 23. The prospect of living with chronic pain and possible permanent disability at such a young age was formidable, But like Thomas, I got and am getting through it. In fact, thanks to God, a great doctor and medical science, I think you’d never know if I hadn’t told you.
If you’re producing a story about people, and especially children, dealing with chronic pain and chronic illness, you and your audience will get a better understanding of their struggles with this book. I’m not a medical professional, but I can speak to you from my reality as a patient. Rheumatoid Arthritis is not something I ever knew about and certainly did not want. However, with suffering comes the gift of certain realizations and I can speak to those as well. Finally, the book demonstrates the incalculable benefit that humans derive from service animals as well as non-working pet dogs in general.
Life is going along pretty normally for Thomas – well, as normal as a life can be for a fifth-grade boy with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Though he struggles with pain and mobility issues, what Thomas wants most of all is to be ordinary. Then on a beautiful brisk day in November, he learns that all the fifth-grade classes in his school will be producing competing plays as part of the school Christmas pageant. The winning class will receive a beautiful trophy and, most importantly, a pizza party. The problem is, Thomas doesn’t like being seen or getting any attention at all. Consequently, he wants to make sure he doesn’t have to be on stage in front of the school. Just when things can’t get any worse, Thomas learns that his parents have arranged for him to have a service dog. Thomas doesn’t want to stand out as the only kid in school with a dog. As Thomas struggles with the Christmas pageant, the idea of a service dog, and his lack of confidence – the unthinkable happens. Now only Thomas can give his classmates a shot at winning the pageant. Can Thomas overcome his fears and his disability to do what he must? Read this book to find out who (or what) The Christmas Poodle is and what happens to Thomas.
This book is aimed at kids aged 9-12. The book will help kids to understand the daily challenges of children suffering from chronic pain and mobility issues – especially those diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But Thomas has a more significant problem – his insecurities. Any child who wants to fit in and feel “normal” will relate to Thomas and his struggles. This book deals with Christian beliefs and includes references to Bible verses.
Book Cover and Renderings
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Potential Interview Questions
- What inspired you to write this book?
- Why is compassion and not pity for those dealing with a chronic illness important?
- What makes this book fun for all kids?
- How do dogs help humans?
- Why a poodle?
- What is the definition of bravery as presented in this book?
- Do the character names have any significance?