Bugs Boodle's Book of Basics: Teaching Children to Safely Interact with Dogs is a primer for children ages 0-8. Its cheerful rhyme and colorful pictures are designed to help you teach your children of tender years how to interact safely with dogs. Then, when they begin to learn to read, they will naturally embrace the book as one of their favorites. While they are enjoying the antics of the cute and cuddly pup, Bugs Boodle, and his best friend, Teddy, they will be reinforcing some very important lessons at the same time... for those times when you cannot be there to protect them.
Like most of us, children are naturally attracted to dogs. If they see a dog, they usually want to play with it or pet it. Unfortunately, their uninhibited excitement can occasionally place them in great jeopardy. Nearly 900,000 people suffer dog bites each year that require medical attention, and children between the ages of 5 to 9 incur the highest incidence of these occurrences (with 77% of the injuries occurring in the facial area). This is not because dogs target children, but rather because children are often ill prepared to interact with dogs. Children learn best when they are entertained and lessons are given in a repetitive manner. Use Bugs Boodle's Book of Basics to teach your children to respect dogs and stay safe in a fun way.
About the Author
Kimberly O'Hara has an absolute passion for children and animals. When walking her Yorkie (a.k.a., Bugs Boodle), she noticed that little children would aggressively rush to her pup, often scaring him and potentially putting themselves at risk.
She realized that many children are needlessly injured and many dogs are unfairly punished for what naturally follows such behavior. So, she wrote Bugs Boodle's Book of Basics. It entertains young children while teaching them simple "rules" that help keep them safe around family pets and the other dogs they will undoubtedly encounter.
Kimberly recognized that children often don't retain the training they receive from an adult perspective. However, they do retain lessons that are communicated in a fun way from their perspective. That's why Bugs Boodle's Book of Basics features whimsical rhyme and colorful pictures.
She also designed the book to be a shared and progressive experience. Parents, grandparents and older siblings can spend quality time reading it to the "little ones" in their lives until such time that the children can read begin to read it themselves.
While children are delighted by the story and the pictures, they are learning all the time. The repetitive nature of the lessons means that it's far more likely that the children will remember to "do the right thing" when they interact with a family pet or are confronted with the temptation to approach a strange dog. This is particularly important because an adult can't always be there to guide them.
Kimberly plans on writing a series of Bugs Boodle books that help children learn lessons that will keep them safe and happy throughout their lives.