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When John first learns that he has cancer and only months to live, he is due to appear at his great-grandson's birthday party-and he wonders how he'll make it through the event. But he quickly comes up with an idea for the perfect birthday present for Eric-and the perfect legacy as well. In The Dog that Dined at Grandma's, John relives his childhood adventures with a dog named Boone and his neighborhood buddies by passing the story along to his great-grandson. He relays the trials and tribulations of a boy trying to transform a clumsy puppy into a refined hunting dog and the misadventures they experience along the way. John is able to give his great-grandson his own puppy, along with a story to remember him by and his undying love. "But the two most important gifts I had given him as my days on earth dwindled were easy to see. I had shown him that it was okay to openly love and care about others. I had also helped him to see that many people loved him, even if it didn't always feel that way." Combining adventure, humor, and life-lessons, The Dog that Dined at Grandma's is a story that will be embraced by readers young and old.
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|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)|
About the Author
Mike Umberger graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and has taught for 12 years. He and his students won the Scholastic "Kids Are Authors, Too" contest with a book titled One Day in the Life of Bubble Gum in his first year as a teacher. Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mike spends the school year teaching near Madison, Wisconsin, and enjoys his summers writing in Lake Ozark, Missouri.