Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg
Today’s guest children’s author is Patricia Furstenberg. Patricia is a good friend, and a wonderful author. She also loves dogs, and has created many stories about the lives of military dogs.
Her new book, Joyful Trouble, is a charming story about the close relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter, and the adventures of “Joyful Trouble”, a navy dog.
I’ve often watched my parents interact with my children and noticed, with amazement, that special bond between them everyone talks about. It is an invisible string that makes them smile as soon as they lay eyes on each other and it pulls them together in a fun activity filled with laughter and giggles.
My mother is the one they would want for pretend games, yet it is my father they prefer for story time. Perhaps because grandfathers, with their solid appearance, are nothing but gentle giants when it comes to their own grandchildren and, admit it, nothing can compare with a grandfather’s ability to mimic someone else’s voice!
I still remember my own grandfather telling my cousin and I a story with Prince Charming which used to pick his nose 🙂
Ana and Tommy’s Grandad from “Joyful Trouble” is just like this. An ex-Navy seaman toughened by the battles of World War Two, towering over his grandchildren, is as soft as pudding when Ana asks him for a story; yet, as clever as a fox when he needs to deal, in a tender manner, with the ever challenging little Tommy.
With endless love and consideration towards the children’s tender hearts and emotions, Ana and Tommy’s Grandfather takes them in a historical adventure.
“Joyful Trouble” is the story of a four-legged gentle giant, the only Great Dane to be enlisted in the Royal Navy. It is a story about the meaningful relationship between dogs and humans, but also between grandchildren and their grandfathers. It is a look at life through a child’s eyes, but also through those of a grandpa.
“There is so much love that shines through every page!! This book should be in every school library!!” – Five Stars Amazon Customer Review.
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