This short but sweet little book would be a fun read for older children, anyone with a dog in the family and also those who enjoy either travel stories or love the region of Provence and it’s food. I would say it’s a must-buy if you have a Sheltie as a companion.
Dog Trots Globe – To Paris & Provence (A Sheltie Goes to France) can be purchased in book form via Amazon for $19.95 (hardcover), as either a regular iBook for $9.99 or as an enhanced iBook for $11.99 and is also available in the Google Play store, for the Kindle Fire and the Nook. I was asked to review the enhanced iBook version and I also have a copy of the book to giveaway. If you live in North America or Europe then you could have a hard copy shipped to you or a copy of the digital version can be won by anyone, worldwide. If, after reading my review you would like to try and win a copy of this book, then please enter via the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
The version I read was 147 pages long (plus credits) so if you want a challenging read, well, to paraphrase Obi-Wan, this isn’t the book you’re looking for. If this book were a food it would be a red velvet cupcake – a sweet mouthful that doesn’t last long but leaves you smiling. I highly recommend the enhanced iBook version – the pictures and maps looked lovely on my iPad and there are four videos built into the text. A two minute video tribute to the Markets of Provence will have you both humming and salivating at the same time. Warning; simultaneous humming and salivating can be quite messy.
The book, as you may be able to gather from the title, is about a dog – a sheltie called Chula who gets to travel from her home in California to France. Some may find it hokey but children and dog owners will likely love that the story is told from Chula’s perspective. The pup goes on planes, trains and in automobiles before she finally gets to Provence. My favourite part of the book was this section, reading about Chula’s adventures sniffing through Provence, discovering new food, new friends and gorgeous flowers in a beautiful region of Europe. The section on Paris is interesting for those people who haven’t been there but Chula didn’t seem to be as welcome or as happy in the City of Lights and looked relieved to be back in St. Remy and even happier once she was back home in the United States. One extra in the book that I didn’t expect but thought was incredibly useful is the afterword outlining the practical information you need to know if you want to travel with a dog to Europe.
All in all, an ideal book for sheltie owners and any dog lover who also enjoys travel. I also think that this would be a great gift for any child – most kids find animals engaging and this would be a useful way to get a child interested in other cultures, France, different foods or even to prepare them for a big trip.
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