Saturday, March 5, 2011

Second Chance by Sandra Gerencher -- Children's Book Review and E-Book Giveaway


And, the winner is:

Congrats to:  Kimberly

  • Pub. Date: April 2008
  • Publisher: Tribute Books
  • Format: Paperback , 28pp 
  • ISBN-13: 9780981461922
  • ISBN: 0981461921
  • Read an excerpt here.

The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

My Review:

5 Stars out of 5
What a touching this story is.  This book tackles many issues including child adoption, autism and animal rescue adoptions.  I especially loved the watercolor illustrations in this book.  Sandra's book would be a great book to read to an adopted child or child with autism.

This story is told by the dog, Chance, which makes it an interesting read.  The underlying message of the story is that love comes in many ways.  You don't have to be blood-related to be a family, and children, like rescue dogs, need a second chance, even if they have a disability.  We all deserve to be and feeled loved.  And, Sandra does an exceptional job in sharing this message through her personal story.  This book is a great read for children of all ages.  I, as a rescue dog lover, even enjoyed the story.


Sandra's book, Second Chance is available in various formats, including hard cover for only $12.95, through Tribute Books.  Click here to purchase now.

About the Author:

Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).

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Disclosure:  I was given an e-copy of this book in order to read and provide an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.


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  2. Robin - thanks for sharing "Second Chance" with your blog readers of Inspired by Savannah. I'm glad that as the owner of a rescue dog you really enjoyed the book. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway contest.