Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book Feature: "Remembering Vera" by Patricia Polacco (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My oldest daughter is a huge animal lover.  She especially loves dogs, and will zip right through a book that is about dogs.  So, when she saw "Remembering Vera" arrive at our door last week, she was all smiles. She didn't care what the book was about.  Just seeing the cute pup on the cover of the book made her want to grab the book and go cuddle up under a warm blanket on the couch to read it.  And, when she was done, she came to tell me all the about the book, which she loved! 

This new picture book from Patricia Polacco is a heartwarming story that tells about Vera a pup who use to work alongside the US Coast Guard in San Francisco back in 1962. 

Polacco shares the many instances in which Vera helped save lives.  

My daughter was amazed at how Vera was able to help so much and how she had never heard about this dog before.  It definitely was a page turning and had my daughter engaged in the story from start to finish. Vera wins the hearts of the sailors and will steal your family's heart when you sit down to read this book, which is based on true events/facts.  But, be warned, if you cry easily,  you will want tissues for the ending.

In addition to the heartwarming story, the illustrations that fill the pages of the picture book help to bring the story to life.  My daughter really loved the story, and ended up sitting to read it to her little sister, after telling me about the book. And, when they were done, they both agreed Vera was a great dog, and worth having a book written about her.  You can learn more about this new release by visiting:

More About this Book:

"From beloved author Patricia Polacco comes the heartwarming and true story of Vera, an amazing dog who was found as a stray by the US Coast Guard, moved into the San Francisco Bay base, and became a hero and friend.

In 1962 a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn’t be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog. Then one day when high waves challenged another vessel at sea, it was Vera’s fierce determination and natural swimming ability that brought the life preserver and safety line to the sinking boat. Vera became a hero and the beloved pet and mascot of the San Francisco Coast Guard."

About the Author:

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping QuiltThe Blessing CupFiona’s LaceThe Trees of the Dancing GoatsBabushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. "Remembering Vera" does sound like a lovely book for children. My daughter enjoyed reading books about animals.