A fluffy, solid black kitten with golden yellow eyes rested on his favorite perch just outside the entrance to Seth Elementary School. It was a warm, sunny day, without a cloud in the flawless blue sky. As the students passed, many stopped to pet him—a pat on the head here, a scratch under the chin there.
“Oh, he’s SOOOOO cute!” one girl exclaimed.
“MEOW!” the kitten cried. Although she couldn’t understand him, what he really wanted her to hear was, “If you think I’m cute, take me home with you. Please!”
“I really like cats, but my mom won’t let me have one,” one young boy pouted as he passed the kitten.
With a sad face and a pitiful sigh, the fluffy black kitten with golden eyes gave up on finding anyone at the school to take him home. He began the long trek downtown hoping for something to eat.
Will Shadow ever realize his dream of a loving family, a warm bed, and plenty of healthy food? Discover for yourself, in this early chapter book just for developing readers. With adorable black and white interior illustrations by artist Barbara Gadsby to bring Shadow’s story to life, too.
About the Author
Sandra Biersdorfer, a native of East Texas, has been an avid reader since childhood. Some of her favorite books are the Nancy Drew mysteries and The Little House on the Prairie series. She is an advocate for reading and enjoys reading to children and visiting schools as much as possible to share her love of reading and becoming an author. She lives in Katy, TX near Houston and enjoys working as a professional pet sitter, which gives her fodder for future tales of tails to be told. Her first children’s book, Nana’s Banana, was originally published in 2014 followed by The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail andPapa’s Pumpkin. Sandra enjoys reading, writing, watching movies and game shows, and spending time with family and friends including her two grown children. Her son is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University while her daughter, also an SFA graduate, is in education in Katy ISD.
About the Illustrator
Barbara Gadsby makes her home in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up with a vivid imagination fueled a creative spark that grew into a love of art. She was a graphic artist for several years and loved it. While life took her in other directions, she never lost her love of art. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Barbara also does pastel painting. Although she prefers to paint things she finds in nature, she finds inspiration in nearly everything.
Don’t Miss our Scratch, Dent, Overstock, and First Edition Book Sale! Over 100 Books just $3.50 each, see below. We’ve got very limited quantities of the titles, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
You see, sometimes when we receive shipments of books from the printer, one or more of them arrive scratched or dented (see sample above); they can also get damaged from displays at conferences or seminars. Either of these conditions makes these books ineligible for sale at full price during events or booths, but we’ve saved them up for a blow out sale! Rest assured that no books are ripped or torn…however, most do have minor flaws yet will still guarantee a wonderful reading experience. We’ve also got a very limited selection of first editions for sale to make room for new inventory! Visit our Holiday Scratch, Dent and Overstock Sale on our Special page! Our holiday gift paks are back! Most save $10.00 or more over retail. We’ll be adding more this week too. Shop all our Holiday Specials at http://whochainsyou.com/holidayfun2020.htmlCalling All Writers! Do you have a funny rescue story to share with us? Submit it for possible inclusion in our upcoming book, “Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth, and Other Guffawfully Funny Stories of Animal Rescue.” Find all the details on our submissions page here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/submissions.html.
The No Name Bunny tells of one rabbit’s journey to find her forever family, emphasizing the importance of hope in the face of life’s challenges and offering an animal’s perspective on loss and fear, belief and belonging. In this children’s tale of redemption, the No Name Bunny perseveres despite neglect and abandonment to achieve her dream of a better life and to finally get what she wants most: a name.
After reading The No Name Bunny, young readers ages 6 and up will come to understand that, like us, animals deserve compassion and empathy. While the story’s central theme emphasizes humane treatment of animals, humans and animals alike can grasp the need for love, belonging, and identity.
About the Author:
First time author Ali Tibbetts brings her love of animals to this poignant and uplifting tale. A supporter of animal rights and a rescue proponent, Ali’s mission is to instill respect and compassion for animals in young readers. When she is not fulfilling her duties as a busy high school math teacher, Ali can be found roller skating or hanging out with her entourage of rescue goats, cows, bunnies, and her beloved dog, Graham. She and her husband, Jack, can’t wait to share the story with their new baby they welcome next February.
About the Illustrator:
Rhonda Van is an artist, author, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.
She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.
From time to time, we’ll be writing and posting reviews of books being released by our other friends in animal publishing. The animals deserve all of us raising awareness for their issues and on their behalf, and today we’ve picked a great one for you!
It’s Five Paws Sky High for High Paw, Super Sebastian
by Jasmine Cabanaw Illustrated by Lisa McKaskell
Sebastian has big, floppy ears and a black, wet nose. He loves to play. He loves to romp. He loves taking naps in the sun.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, yep, Sebastian is a dog!
But even more than that, Sebastian is a dog in search of a home…
After all, he knows others have loving homes and families. Why doesn’t he?
As Sebastian searches, he meets lots of animals who are kind enough to offer him advice: advice for overcoming shyness or nervousness, for example. Even though he tries all the tricks that help his new animal friends, he still feels out of sorts, even scared.
Will he ever find a home that fits him just right?
You’ll have to read Sebastian’s story to find out!
Even more fun, the book features animals that are up for adoption at various rescue groups, and author Jasmine Cabanaw and artist Lisa McKaskell bring the animals to life through this pages of this delightful new children’s book. The book even gives Braid Mission 25% of the proceeds.
Here at WCY Books, we’re giving High Paw: Super Sebastian a very strong 5 Paws UP for the delightful presentation, illustrations, and storyline.
The book releases this weekend, so you don’t want to miss it! Step on over to our friends at Green Bamboo Publishing to pick up your copy, and follow them on their social media as well.
Today Joseph R. Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, and is therefore slated to become our 46th president. For most of us who work so tirelessly for stronger rights for our animal friends, the environment, and humans of all creeds and colors, this development is widely hailed as a positive.
In fact, people are celebrating in the streets of our cities, and one can almost feel the lightening of a national darkness.
When fighting for the animals, activists often find themselves on the wrong side of the law, while animal abusers continue the abuse with impunity. Who Chains You Books brings you two true tales of these very struggles, and highlights the work rescuers and activists must take on, often behind the scenes, in order to carry out their mission for the animals.
Today is a great day to celebrate by choosing a story of overcoming on behalf of the animals and those who fight for them!
When dog activist Tamira Thayne and her nonprofit purchased Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound and set out to transform it to a dog rescue facility, it was widely seen as a fitting end for something heinous and unthinkable.
Yet, little did Tamira know the challenges were just beginning, as she ran headlong into the very corruption that made the county a perfect choice to house Vick’s operation.
A dog rescuer in Forks Washington positions himself as a hero for the animals, even traveling the country to gather more dogs for his nonprofit. But the ugly truth eventually surfaces, and—facing threats of lawsuits—law enforcement fails to protect the animals. It’s left up to various groups of animal rescues and activists, working in tandem, to bring the facts to the surface and find a way to win the day for these suffering dogs.
by Ann Florence Dodd with beautiful illustrations by the author
Birdie is a sweet and lonely caged bird who lives in the garden outside his owner’s cottage. As he sits in his cage day after day, he watches other birds fly the blue skies and wonders why he is not free to fly, too. What did he do wrong?
Birdie really wants a friend and tries to find one, but it just isn’t happening for him. Then one day a beetle named Berty falls into his cage, and suddenly Birdie is so happy: he has his first friend!
After tragedy strikes, Birdie becomes desperate to escape his confinement. When his cage door is finally opened, Birdie has to face his fears and find the courage to leave; after all, his cage was the only world he knew…
Is Birdie brave enough to face his biggest fear? Follow Birdie’s beautiful story—perfect for ages 10 and up—as the little bird finds friendship and courage, confronts untold adversity, and finally explores a whole new world he never knew existed. With heart-touching illustrations from the author, Ann Florence Dodd.
P.S. All our books are readily available on every Amazon site worldwide. Simply search for the title in your Amazon browser or the paperback’s ISBN of 978-1-946044-88-4
About the Author and Illustrator
Ann Florence Dodd wants to inspire children by seeing the world through the eyes and lives of animals. Through her storytelling she hopes to bring encouragement and humor while covering subjects of adversity and struggle.
Ann was born in Birmingham, England, and lived there until her mid-twenties. She then moved back to her father’s ancestral home island of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, to help run the family hotel. Ann has worked as both a Prison Officer and a Childcare Officer; these occupations have taught Ann much about human resilience and how impoverished some people’s lives can be.
Animal welfare and the environment have always been a huge part of Ann’s life. Since moving to Cyprus six years ago, she has volunteered for animal charities who care for a variety of neglected animals in Cyprus.
Ann’s first book, Birdie, was inspired from her years of caring for vulnerable and unloved children and animals. Although Birdie is a book about a caged bird, Ann feels it is a metaphor for the type of life some people experience.
As Ann states, “The irony of some prisons is that they house aviaries.”
New, from WCY Books and our Crescent Renewal Imprint!
The Spirit’s Message A Story About Living Kindly
by Beth Levine Illustrated by Revers Lab
In a small village in a far-off land lived a young girl named Sara and her younger brother Justin. Today was a celebration: Sara turned thirteen, and as was the tradition in her village, she would travel into the nearby Magical Forest to receive a message from the Spirit of the Earth.
The seeker usually braved the forest alone, but because Sara and Justin were so close, they convinced her parents and the village elders to let them go together. Join the siblings as they embark on a mission into the Magical Forest, where they meet many of the woodland inhabitants and learn that the world around them is not what it may seem at first glance.
The duo is honored with the Spirit of the Earth’s most crucial message—but will they take it to heart? The Spirit’s Message is a tale of courage, hope, and kindness, brought to you through a journey of two young souls; it is a wonderful and purpose-filled read for ages eight through adulthood.
“I wasn’t always a brilliant orange with a hint of yellow, a globe with a perfectly curved stem. I came from very humble beginnings.
“My first memory was of a man named John, walking through a field whistling and gently placing a small part of me into the cool, damp earth. In fact, he planted hundreds just like me into the soil, and we disappeared, leaving the field looking barren. We waited and waited for the right time to reappear. Then it happened…!”
Follow Jack O’Lantern on his journey from tiny seed to big and beautiful orange pumpkin. See the world through the “eyes” of Jack as he grows and finally leaves the pumpkin patch for his own adventure. The Life Cycle Series books, including The Life of Bud and Daisy, are engaging tools for classroom or individual reading, and perfect for ages 8 and up. Includes a fun lesson for home or school, too!
We’re Currently Seeking Story Contributions to Our 2021 Book: Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth, and Other Guffawfully Funny Stories of Animal Rescue
Have a laugh out loud story about something that happened in animal rescue? Share it with us, and we’ll choose 15-30 stories for our upcoming 2021 book entitled Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth—And Other Guffawfully Funny Stories of Animal Rescue. We’re seeking essays of 1000-3000 words, and would love a photo or two of the animal in question to go with your tale if possible.
Your short feature of your experiences will not only bring you/your nonprofit organization more supporters and fans, but also serve to entertain, educate, and inspire others who yearn to make a difference too. Be part of the excitement! All of our chosen contributors will get their photo and bio in the book, plus a free copy and wholesale pricing on copies for your friends and family, too. We’re accepting submissions through December 31, 2020.
Written by Christy Burbidge Illustrated by Mary Jo Helchowski
Claire lives in a house on a golf course with her dad and rescue beagle, Buddy. Every day after school, Claire and Buddy go for a walk on the course—it’s Claire’s favorite part of the day!
The golf course is home to many animal friends: geese, swans, and…
Claire hears barking…what is that, puppies?!
Upon learning the babies are actually coyote pups, Claire becomes enamored and researches their needs and how they differ from Buddy’s. Claire’s Coyote Friends is an exploration of and helps children understand a different type of bond—one where we can feel close to others even if we can’t spend time with them.
Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.
About the Illustrator
Mary Jo Helchowski is a children’s book illustrator who lives in Essex, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Lyme Academy of Fine Art with a degree in illustration. Her artwork has been featured in galleries including Spectrum in Centerbrook, Connecticut, and other children’s books about everything from baseball to bumblebees. She hopes her pictures made you smile! Visit her online at www.maryjohelchowski.com.