|Publisher:||Theuerkauf's Tails, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)|
About the Author
She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications-Print Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there, she earned the Outstanding Student in Journalism award in 2006. She is the former Editor of The Fairview Heights Tribune as well as the Clinton County News in Mascoutah, IL.
Kramer has written numerous articles and feature stories that have been included in the above mentioned papers as well as The Freeburg Tribune and the Mass Communicator magazine for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Priceless Penny is the second book written by Kramer. Her first book is a collection of poetry entitled More Than Words that was published in 2010. In 2015, she created her own publishing company called Theuerkauf's Tails, LLC. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
To learn more about Lauren, please visit her official author website at: www.theuerkaufstails.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Priceless Penny (Volume 1) is a children’s book written by Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf and illustrated by James Sell. Penny smiles as the sun gently rises. Adoption day has arrived at the shelter and she wonders which dog-lover will adopt her. When the doors open, Penny proudly sits at the front of her cage, waiting to be chosen. As each person looks at her quizzically, asking for a closer look, Penny gets excited, thinking that it is time for her to go with a new family. Instead, people screw their noses up when they look at her, commenting on her oddly shaped front leg and tease her about her giant ears and nose. The end of the day leaves Penny looking around at the empty cages. The insults from the cruel humans had made her heart sink. Her self-image is shattered. Depressed and despondent, Penny is surprised when she is put in a carrier and driven to the home of a foster carer, in order for the shelter to make room for the next lot of dogs, but becomes frightened when she is driven away again. Little does she know that she is finally on her way to her new home, where she will never again be sad or alone. My heart melted while reading Priceless Penny (Volume 1). It covers so many things, both in the human and animal world. Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf has done a wonderful job in confronting serious social issues such as judging a book by its cover (in this case, judging Penny by the fact that she has a deformed paw), people only wanting to adopt something which pleases the eye, bullying and degrading others, regardless of their species. Penny was a confident dog at the beginning of the tale, feeling sure that she would be eagerly adopted by somebody in the large crowd that entered the shelter on adoption day, but was instead confronted by hateful, cruel people who wanted a trophy animal more than a new family member. Children will delight in reading this book countless times, as the joyful ending is one that makes the heart swell, turns young frowns upside-down, and shows children that dogs have feelings, just like they do. I recommend Priceless Penny (Volume 1) to readers aged 5-12 years of age, and believe this book would be ideally stocked in kindergartens, day-care centers, home libraries and animal shelters.
Priceless Penny is the sweet and delightful (true) story of Penny, a dog born with a leg deformity, and her adoption journey. She spent time in a dog shelter, often ridiculed and passed over because of her unusual leg, until she eventually found a welcoming home and owner who loved her just as she was. Penny's story is inspiring and hopeful, teaching us that it's okay to be different. Children will learn a lesson or two about bullying and will come to understand that our differences are what make us who we are. The story is both meaningful and entertaining with bold, bright illustrations that really help bring it to life. Penny's expressions are hilarious and adorable and I love that the story really allows us to get into her head and see things from her point of view. As an animal lover and rescue dog mom, I definitely think this is a special story. I would highly recommend it to all of my animal loving friends. This one is a definite keeper for my one year old's bookshelf; we read it together and he smiled at all the dog pictures. All in all, this is a wonderful and inspiring story. I look forward to reading more of Penny's adventures!
If you have young children in your life, Priceless Penny's book is a must-read. Not only is it a great way to show kids the value of adopting and loving an animal in need, but it shares important lessons about why standing out from the pack is better than being exactly like everyone else. Kids need to know that it's OK to be different, and what better way to explain it than through the eyes of one very special dog? Love this book!