A Home for Sally: A book about Pet Adoptions and Kindness​

A Home for Sally: A book about Pet Adoptions and Kindness

Sally has a longing to be adopted that began when she was placed in a kennel permanently. A Home for Sally shares the story of a young poodle who considers she is unlovable and unadoptable because of her disability. Sally believed that her dream of once again having a family may never come true.

Kids and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly. Big, small, fluffy, or scruffy – dogs wiggle their way into your heart and become part of your family. Being the animal lovers we are, I always have taught my kids the importance of pet adoptions. Pets are great for children, and pet adoption from a shelter or rescue group teaches children valuable lessons that will last throughout their lives. 

But even with the increased popularity of adoption for some pets, the journey to a “forever home” is much harder for some animals—with physical or behavioral needs that require extra love, care, and attention. So, how do we teach children about inclusion, acceptance of all, how to show and share kindness with others, as well as pet adoption? With children’s books, of course! 

A Home for Sally by Stenetta Anthony is a heartfelt picture book about a puppy named Sally, who was born with a physical handicap. She does not have a front left paw. When Sally and her brothers and sisters were brought to the Lovin Care Kennel, Sally notices that her siblings are quickly adopted, but Sally is not. As Sally waits patiently for a family to adopt her, the other puppies in the kennel make fun of her and tell her she will never be adopted because of her missing left paw. 

Nine months later, during National Adoption Month, Sally eagerly awaits a family to adopt her. A young boy and his family come on the last day of National Adoption Month and notices Sally. Could he be interested in adopting her?

This book is a positive and heartwarming celebration of pets with special needs and their relationships with the humans who eventually become lifelong companions.

A Home for Sally by Stenetta Anthony teaches children that even though animals are all different, one thing remains the same. The love, happiness, and comfort owners experience after adopting these incredible animals show the bond’s healing power that develops between humans and their pets.

This book will open the dialogue between you and your children about social responsibility, kindness, compassionate care of animals, and so much more. Saving a life by giving a home for a shelter animal gives children a powerful lesson in their ability to make a difference. 

For all the pooch-loving kids out there, this is a great picture book that celebrates man’s best friend -in any way, shape, or form. 

Where Can I Find "A Home For Sally?"

You can find A Home for Sally by Stenetta Anthony on Amazon.

About the Author, Stenetta Anthony

pet adoption book“Stenetta Anthony is a native Chicagoan, the eldest of four children. As a way to keep her siblings entertained, Stenetta would tell them stories oftentimes adding her own unique flair. As she got older she never lost her desire to tell stories and engage with children in a dynamic way. 

While working as an educator Stenetta was asked to create a special curriculum for her primary classroom; little did she know what would happen as a result of that simple request? Not only did she create the curriculum, but her first children’s book; The Love Story was written and published. Stenetta has a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership Studies from Grand Canyon University. 

Stenetta currently resides in the Chicagoland area with her loving husband while enjoying being a grandmother. The quote that fuels Stennett’s desire to write comes from Mary Poppins In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”

Rapid Fire with Stenetta Anthony

Q. What does your family think of your writing?

Stenetta: My family is my biggest fan. I have been told by my children they love to see people’s reactions when they tell someone, “my mom is an author.”  

Q. What do you think makes a good story?

 Stenetta: I believe a good story depends on the reader. One reader may enjoy reading a horror novel, while another may not.

Q. What advice do you have for writers?

Stenetta: Authors/Writer should not only consider themselves as simply writing a book or other form of literacy but a businessperson as well. Since marketing, promotion, and other factors are apart of reaching the hands of a reader.

Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like?

Stenetta: I have a quiet space right outside my bedroom, where I do most of my writing.

Q. What do you love most about the writing process?

Stenetta: The thing I love most about writing is the ideas that come. Your thoughts can carry you from one place to another before finally settling on the best concept, which brings your book to life.

Q. How did you become involved in the subject or theme of your book? 

Stenetta: As a former educator, I have the wonderful opportunity to teach children who were special needs: which encourage me to write a relatable story about a special need’s puppy.  

Q. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Stenetta: Spending time with my husband, children, grandchildren, and friends, engaging in one of my favorite pastimes board or card games.

Q. What type of books do you write?  

Stenetta: I write children’s books; however, I did contribute to an anthology book which stretched my writing skills.  

Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?  

Stenetta: Several ones, including a grandparent, shared how my book was their grandchild’s favorite bedtime story—even taking it to school one day for show-n-tell encouraging their classmates to read it as their bedtime story too. My heart was warmed to hear how this child loved my book. I was grateful 

Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?  

Stenetta: There are several ideas I hope readers will take away after reading A Home for Sally. It is important to show and share kindness with others. Consider adopting a special needs canine. Recognize that all humans and animals deserve to be love and accepted. Our appearance is not a reflection of how much love we can give. 

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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you! 

* This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Stenetta Anthony in exchange for an honest review. 

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