Children’s Book “Why Am I…?: a Yelodoggie Book” Gets a Midwest Book Review

Congrats to Author and Illustrator Ari Wulff for a glowing review of Why Am I…? in the Midwest Book Reviews Children’s Bookwatch: January 2022.

The editors declare it “extraordinary, entertaining, thought-provoking, and original, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”

Why, thank you, from all of us at FreedomChaser Books and a very happy author!

About the Book:

Why Am I?

A Yelodoggie Book

by Ari Wulff
with Robert McCarty

Floyd is a happy dog with many friends. One day, though, someone asks Floyd why he is yellow . . . but Floyd had never thought about it! He doesn’t know the answer. After all, he isn’t a lemon. He isn’t a banana. He is a dog.

“Why am I yellow?” he wonders.

Soon Floyd goes on a quest to find the answer, and meets up with many of his friends and other animals along the way. Why Am I? is a great family conversation starter about accepting ourselves and others just as we are, and provides a soothing bedtime read with the kids. For ages 4 and up with an adult’s help, or 6 and up for beginning readers.

Why Am I? … is a beautiful book to delight kids and adults alike with lively, attractive illustrations and a cleverly posed message about value and identity. Every page is frame-worthy.”—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved By Ducks, Kitty Cornered, Fowl Weather, and Feather Brained

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ FreedomChaser Books (October 4, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195403914X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954039148
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Read FREE! Episode 9 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. A Ride to Nowhere.

We’re at Week Nine in author Tamira Thayne’s FREE Weekly Read of “Imagine: Life on a Chain.” Catch up today!

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

The internet is atwitter about the FREE Covid Test site going live today, as you’ve no doubt heard. But just in case you only come out from under your rock to read Imagine’s story—as one does—here’s the link to get your tests.

Today’s the day Imagine meets “the bad guy.” Every story’s got at least one…and ours is a dog-chainer, a dastardly fiend if I do say so myself. If you have to catch up on the story, start here at Episode One. Then follow the links at the bottom of the page to get to the next. Happy Reading! See You Next Week!

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Nine: A Ride to Nowhere

Lost and Lonely

Imagine spent the night miserable and alone, curled in a ball next to an old tree. Every unfamiliar noise spooked him and his mind spun, going over and over…

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Meet Maxwell, who Inspired a New Children’s Book “Pal the Pig’s Best Day”

We told you yesterday that our new children’s title Pal the Pig’s Best Day is based on a true story. Today we want to share that story with you!

Photo Courtesy Heartland Farm Sanctuary

At just six weeks old, Maxwell fell out of a moving transport truck onto the interstate highway in Wisconsin. He bounced off the pavement and into the path of oncoming traffic. Thankfully, cars swerved and stopped, and a kind woman scooped him up. Maxwell’s rescuer took him to her veterinarian, who cleaned the cuts and road rash on his face and ears. Luckily Maxwell didn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries. But he was scared, confused, and very lonely for the other pigs.

One of the vet’s employees took Maxwell home and cared for him until he was taken to Heartland Farm Sanctuary. Since arriving at Heartland, Maxwell has grown into a very large pig. His personality is described as sweet, spunky and sensitive. He enjoys grazing in the pasture and hanging out in the shade with his pig friends. He also loves mealtimes and soaking in the mud on warm, sunny days.

You can learn more about Maxwell here:
https://heartlandfarmsanctuary.org/?hfs-animal=maxwell

Tristan Zick with Maxwell, photo by Stacy Roller

Learn more about the book:

Pal the Pig’s Best Day

Written by Jenny Pavlovic
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.

New Children’s Title: Pal the Pig’s Best Day, Based on a True Story

FreedomChaser Books Offers a Fun New Book that Celebrates Animal Sanctuaries and the Special Bonds Between Pigs and their Human Friends

from author Jenny Pavlovic and illustrator Rhonda Van

Pal the Pig’s Best Day 
is Based on a True Story

The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and  chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.


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P.S. You can purchase all our books thru online venues the world over.
Simply search for the ISBN of  978-1-954039-17-9 for Pal the Pig’s Best Day listings.
About the Author
Jenny Pavlovic, Ph.D., lives in Wisconsin with dogs Herbie, Audrey, and Brighty and cat Junipurr. Jenny loves walking her dogs, gardening, swimming, kayaking, and experiencing everyday miracles. Her day job is as a biomedical engineer.

This is her first picture book since the stories she wrote and drew as a child then tried to sell to her mom. She encourages everyone to keep writing and drawing—i.e., pursuing your passions, whatever they may be.

Contact Jenny at jenny@8statekate.net or www.facebook.com/8StateKate
About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, 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.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.

Read FREE! Episode 8 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Homeless.

Week 8 of author Tamira Thayne FREE Read is here! Check it out and share with your friends, too.

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Got those post-holiday blues? I’m with ya. I’m pretty sure in a perfect world I could read my life away, even though I almost always feel guilty when I spend too much time reading. You?

I just read a book that I enjoyed, called The Keeper of Happy Endings, by Barbara Davis. I mean, I have no idea what kind of books you like—and I get nothing from recommending a book—but I’ll definitely give a shout-out to ones I appreciate on here and you can check them out if you’re interested. I’ve been finding myself drawn to more historical fiction lately, and am a bit fascinated with anyone who made it through the hell that was Nazi-land in WWII. This book has a touch of magic, a touch of survival, and a happy ending, all things I’m in favor of.

Now let’s get to this week’s FREE READ Episode

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Read FREE! Episode 7 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Mom Comes Home

Author Tamira Thayne has released Episode Seven of her Free Novella.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Seven: Mom Comes Home

The End of the End

Two weeks went by in a blur of sadness, always waiting for Dad to come home from the hospital, always hoping for good news that didn’t come. Even Dream—the more even-keeled of the two—was losing her equanimity, often snapping at her brother.

Neither said so, but fear dogged their every waking moment, invaded their sleep…

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

I hope the New Year finds you all well and rested! Apparently I just had a cold last week—not Covid, according to a rapid test at least—although I had another brush with “that darn virus” over the weekend. I await my body’s verdict on if it will take hold or not. With omicron sweeping the country, it becomes more and more likely we will all contract it at some point, alas.

I got a new calendar (yes, still old school there, also known as JUST OLD.) You’ll be happy to know today is National Spaghetti Day. Mangia!

That brings us to this week’s FREE read, Episode 7 of Imagine: Life on a Chain.Mom Comes Home. If you’re new to the story, start HERE and follow the links at the bottom of each episode to find the next.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Seven: Mom Comes Home

The…

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Read FREE! Episode Six of Imagine: Life on a Chain. His Greatest Fears

Episode Six of author Tamira Thayne’s FREE novella is now available! Dog lover? Check it out!

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

I’m feeling covidy today; but alas, there are no tests to be had in my town during this omicron outbreak, so I’m just staying in bed and reading…not so much a hardship, then, eh? This does mean I ALMOST didn’t publish today’s episode, but didn’t want to break my promise in case I have someone actually waiting on tenterhooks {ha!}, so here we go…

Remember, if you need to catch up, start at this link, then just follow the links at the bottom to the next episode.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Six: His Greatest Fears

The Middle of the End

Imagine and Dream moped downstairs, while an eerie silence took hold of what was once their warm, safe home. Dad had rushed off to the hospital after Mom, and the two dogs felt scared, alone in wondering what was happening and if they would ever see their mom…

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Read FREE! Episode Five of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Now What?

Author Tamira Thayne’s fifth episode of her FREE Novella is now LIVE! Read on for more info…

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Hello, and Happy Holidays, no matter how, what, when, or where you celebrate! I hope you are able to find some happiness and relief in this week’s celebrations after a long and hard year.

Today we’re hitting Episode Five of my FREE Novella, entitled Imagine: Life on a Chain. Imagine finds himself still chained, but wrapped in memories of another time that feels so long ago. If you need to catch up, start with Episode One and follow the prompts at the end of each episode all the way through to where we are today. I hope you’ll share Imagine’s story with all your dog-loving friends…his and others living chained deserve to be seen and heard. Thank you.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Five: Now What?

The Beginning of the End

The dog was drawn from his reverie by a sound from the bushes behind him. He hopped to…

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Read FREE! Episode Four of Imagine: Life on a Chain. The Dream is Lost

We’re in Week Four of author Tamira Thayne’s FREE novella about a chained dog, titled “Imagine: Life on a Chain.” Catch up with this free tale by following us or following her personal blog. Welcome!

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Welcome, Friends, to today’s FREE EPISODE of Imagine’s Story, a fiction tale based on true rescue pups. Need to catch up? I got you!

Here are the links to the first three:

Episode One: A Weird Smell

Episode Two: His First Home

Episode Three: Imagine and Dream Go Home

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Four: The Dream is Lost

Mom is Sick

Imagine knew something was wrong with Mom, just knew it. But how could he communicate with her? He felt an urgency take hold and he paced, whining with anxiety. He heard Mom and Dad talking to Dream and him every day, but he only understood a handful of the human words they used: breakfast, dinner, treat, ball, toy, walk, RV, and swim were his all-time favorites…

Those words had always elicited a tail wag and a happy “woof.”

Early on, Imagine and Dream learned to communicate their needs…

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Read FREE! Episode Three of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Imagine and Dream Go Home

The third FREE Episode of author Tamira Thayne’s “Imagine: Life on a Chain” is here! Give it a read and share with your friends, too.

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Welcome to Episode Three of my free novella, Imagine: Life on a Chain. A new episode will be posted here weekly until the story is finished. If you need to catch up, here are the links to what you missed so far:

Episode One: A Weird Smell

Episode Two: His First Home

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Three: Imagine and Dream Go Home

A New Family

As Val and Dennis giggled with glee and scooped up their new family members to carry them home, Imagine’s eyes met his mother’s for what would be the last time. In their depths he saw both sadness and resignation, and although he was confused by the look, he would eventually understand what she had been telling him.

“Goodbye, my love.”

The dog felt wistful, that teasing edge of longing now familiar.

Imagine and Dream grew from toddling pups into fully mature and beautiful…

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