Giving Thanks

AnimalsTranslationcover Giving ThanksFrom the first day, George proved himself possessed of two utterly disarming traits: an insatiable intellectual curiosity and a love for Italian leather shoes that bordered on the fanatical, even for a fox terrier.

I had found a soul mate.

This said, after he most deliberately—and ironically—devoured a pair of Ferragamo kitten heels, decisive action was needed. I made for the library in search of a training manual.

After explaining my plight to my librarian (an encyclopedic woman), I returned with Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. I settled into a chair, George at my side softly smacking on a shoe strap.

As I read, small hairs on my arms rose to attention. A singular and not unwelcome thought arose as well: a dog is a sentient being. I glanced down and met George’s eloquent black eyes. Italian leather be damned, I thought.

Am I grateful for that book?

I know George is.

For more authors on more books they are grateful for, see the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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About Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale (Peachtree), co-written with Randall Wright and illustrated by Barry Moser.


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