Why Dogs Are… is written by Tana Thompson and illustrated by Marita Gentry.
It’s a short story about God sending the first dog from Heaven to a little boy named Brian. Brian’s blind and deaf so God can’t show him how much he loves him through the things around him, like rainbows and bird’s songs. He sends Dog to love the boy and to teach him two things: to love without expecting anything in return, and to forgive those who hurt him.
The story’s told half in pictures and the artwork is very pretty.
In 2014 it was a finalist for Spirituality by the Indie Book Awards and won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards; it also seems to be highly praised by multiple churches. Honestly though what the churches are saying feels a little like they’re reaching, saying it’s a story about things that were barely even implied; I find it more to be a beautiful myth about why dogs were created.
It’s part of the Love Unleashed series about various animals and net profits are given to charities supporting animals.
The publisher provided this book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review – only an honest review. My opinions are my own.