Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound

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K-Gr 3- "Look at me!" Hanni, a Seeing Eye dog, explains who she is and her responsibilities as she introduces readers to her partner, Beth, who is blind. Vigilance is stressed throughout the book, and when Hanni talks about "keeping us safe," readers know that she is speaking as part of a team. Although there is plenty of information about what a Seeing Eye dog does-and does not do-when at work, this is predominantly a story about relationships: Hanni's relationship with Beth, with other dogs, and with the world at large as she navigates her partner through it. The pictures are painted in oil and have a soft focus. There are two sets of notes at the end-one from the point of view of Hanni, which describes her training as a puppy, and one from Beth, which explains how she became blind and her decision to get a Seeing Eye dog. These are accompanied by black-and-white line drawings that are much more playful in tone than the rest of the book. A list of online resources is appended. The book is also available in braille. An upbeat and inspiring selection to be used along with Glenna Lang's Looking Out for Sarah (Charlesbridge, 2001).-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979291807
  • Publisher: Blue Marlin Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Sales rank: 965,648
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Great book for kids

    I read this book four times in a row to my four-year-old great-niece and by the third time, she could answer some questions. I would read part of a sentence and then look at her expectantly, and she could finish it--at least short ones. She especially loved the part about 'emptying.' She got that really fast and I would always let her say 'pee and poop' after I read 'emptying', which she said in a whisper and with a big grin. At one point during her stay, she said that she was 'safe' and I said, 'AND?' and she said 'sound, just like Hanni and Beth.' Very good book to explain blindness and seeing eye dogs to children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    Must-Have for Children

    Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound by Beth Finke is a delightful book about a Seeing Eye dog and her owner, the author, as told by the dog. In warm and straightforward language children (as well as adults) learn about the training, daily responsibilities and activities of service animals for the blind. Many people do not know it is not okay to pet a working dog. The book is a must for any household with children so that they may grow in knowledge of working dogs and the challenges of people who depend on them to function more independently. The richly colored illustrations by Anthony Alex Letourneau create an inviting atmosphere to share the story with young children and as the children grow, they will return to enjoy it again and again.

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