Perfect Picture Book Friday – Frankie, the Walk ‘n Roll Dog

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the message of the book is very encouraging for people and pets with disabilities.

Frankie, the Walk ‘n Roll Dog

By Barbara Gail Techel

Illustrated Victoria Kay Lieffring

52 pages – ages 4+

Published by Joyful Paw Prints on January 11, 2008

Theme/Topic –  Disabilities / Therapy dogs / Pets

Opening and Synopsis –  “Hi, my name is Frankie! Welcome to my life.”

Frankie is a mix between a standard and a miniature Dachshund or a “tweenie weenie” *giggle*. The story starts out telling the story of how Frankie was adopted by her human Mom and Dad. Frankie had a happy life. She liked to go to the park, ride in the front basket of her Mom’s bicycle and play with her dog sister. One day Frankie had an accident. She tripped on her food bowl and she fell and hurt her back very badly. Frankie had to have surgery and lots of therapy, but Frankie couldn’t walk again. Frankie’s parents found a “doggie wheelchair” and gave Frankie wheels to use instead of her back legs. It took a long time but Frankie is able to do most of the things she used to (with a little help).  Even though Frankie now has “wheels” she’s still the same great, sweet dog her Mom and Dad always knew!

Why I liked this book – Lynn Davidson (of the Polilla Writes blog) told me about this book because she thought I would like it. As soon as I read about the book I thought it was an incredible story and I asked my mom to get it for me! It is so cool that Frankie can “walk” with her wheels. I like how the book is told as if Frankie is telling it.  I think the book shows that even though Frankie has a disability, she is still a great pet and can pretty much do all the things she used to, just a little differently. I also learned that Frankie is a “therapy dog” and she visits senior humans that have Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact there is a second book about Frankie as a therapy dog called “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House”.  I want to learn more about therapy dogs so I’m going to get this book too. I think this book can help kids realize that a disability does not have to mean you can’t do things and you may even be able to help others. There are a lot of words on each page so it would be a good read aloud book for younger kids. I think this book encourages everyone to keep “walking and rolling” along!

Activities and Resources –

The website for Frankie is HERE. There is a lot of information about Frankie and pets with disabilities.

This is a great video telling Frankie’s story

I found a coloring page about a therapy dog that visits kids in hospitals HERE.

I learned a lot about therapy dogs when I was looking for resources. I found that therapy dogs may or may not have a disability themselves and they help people in all kinds of ways. I even saw a couple of articles saying that therapy dogs can help kids read. Click HERE to see one of the articles.

I once met another really awesome disabled dog once at a dog show we went to. Her name is Faith. She only has her two back legs and she still walks around fine. You can learn more about Faith HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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50 replies

  1. Well, Erik, you know I love dog books, so you’ve got me hooked. I’ll have to go out and find this one – it looks terrific. I’m so glad you chose a book on this topic, because we don’t have many like it on our list and it’s an important subject for kids to learn about and understand. I think having the story about a dog makes it more accessible. My step-daughter’s dog has only three legs – one of her front ones is missing – she gets around fine, and you should see her swim!

  2. That sounds lovely, Erik. We used to have a neighbour with a dog who only had three legs. He was so good at walking, an inspiration.

  3. Great recommendation, Erik. I have a disabled cat, too, and I know how sad it can be for both the pet and the family. Children can learn from this book that disabled pets are still very much able to enjoy their lives. They are still the lovely creatures we knew them before the accident. What’s more inspiring in this story is that Frankie is also a therapy dog!

  4. Therapy dogs are so very important. I love this story. My dog nephew Moonpie is a miniature and the little thing is a daredevil, even thought he’s about 11 or 12 years old. Thanks for sharing this book.

  5. I’ve read about Frankie before. Very cool, and very inspiring. And I love a happy ending. 🙂

  6. I’ve heard about another fairly famous dog with wheels here in Southern California. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tale. It would be a great conversation starter to discuss people with physical handicaps and how they are just like everyone else inside.

  7. This sounds just fabulous, Erik. I love to read about therapy dogs and dogs and their owners, who manage to surmount the dog’s handicap. I’d love to gte my hands on a copy of this book.

  8. You did an excellent review here, Erik. Great job! 🙂

  9. interesting book. great review.

  10. When you told me you were reviewing a book about a service dog, I didn’t realize the dog had a disability. What a powerful message for kids. I really love this book is a true story and that the dog also made visits to people with disabilities of all kinds. Will have to get this book. Excellent review and resouces. Loved the video!

  11. After watching the video and reading your review, I’m in love with Frankie already! Can’t wait to the read the book(s). What an inspirational story. Thank you Erik!

  12. What a lovely story and I liked how you did research on it and other dogs like Frankie as well. These books are valuable to kids and people in general. Thanks!

  13. What a thoughtful story, and super cute! Great choice! My daughter will love hearing about this book.

  14. Great resources, Erik! Therapy dogs are an amazing and varied group. We once met a dog that was being trained to work in a mental health facility, Apparently Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are the best dogs for this because they are so sensitive. Have fun reading about therapy dogs!

    • Our firends had a dog that they were foster parents for when he was too young to be a therapy dog. When he was old enough he went into the program. He was a golden retriever. They have him back now because he got a skin allergy and couldn’t do the program. They said the dogs have to be totally healthy. My parents had a rottweiler before I was born and they said he was the best dog ever.

  15. This book sounds amazing. I love the name Frankie…perfect. As always, you did a wonderful job on the review, Erik.

  16. This book sounds great — a great way to introduce kids to the topic of disability. And, great job on the review too!

  17. It’s on my list Erik, I’m going to get this for all my kids. They love dogs and I know will fall in love with Frankie. That video was so sweet. I’m so happy they found a way to fix things for the little guy.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  18. Hi there,

    I’m the author of the Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series. I was so tickled to come across the wonderful review you did for my book. Thank you so much. And all the warm, wonderful comments was so nice too.
    I’m really passionate about sharing Frankie’s message and making a positive impact on children and adults. Frankie is a huge blessing in my life – I’ve learned so much from her. I’m currently working on an adult nonfiction book about what I’ve learned from Frankie. I’m excited to publish it in 2013.
    Thank you again for the great review! And just and FYI: Frankie and I visit classrooms via Skype – and it is quite fun! Check out the details on my author visits page on my website if interested.

    ~Barbara Techel

    • THANK YOU Ms. Techel!! I am happy you liked the review of your book I did because I really LOVED your book 🙂 I did visit your website and I like all the information you have on it. My school doesn’t skype 🙁 but my local bookstore does. I will give the owner your information. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Please come by again! AND please give Frankie a pat on the head for me 🙂

  19. This is such an amazing story! Thanks for sharing it, Erik.

  20. What an amazing story and such a great inspiring message to all. Loved the video Erik and also your wonderful review. So pleased to hear Barbara Techel is also bringing out an adult book on Frankie.

  21. Erik- Frankie and I would love to Skype to your bookstore so thank you for sharing our information with them!!
    Thank you again for everything!

  22. I’ve seen Frankie on TV! What an amazing little dog and super dog owners. Great book choice :))

    Grade ONEderful

  23. Thank you, Erik, for a wonderful choice for PPBF. I know that many dogs help people…like dogs that lead the blind, and dogs that help reluctant readers read, and dogs that can alert their owners when it is time to take medication. It’s wonderful for people who have problems to see a dog that is so courageous and who keeps on going, even when life is difficult.
    Thank you also for the great resources and activities. 🙂

  24. What a great book! Dogs are wonderful. We have a trusted farm dog that we love so very much. He protects us. He refuses to sleep in the barn so that he can be up at the house watching all night. What a guy!

    Frankie is so bodacious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love this choice. Sorry I’m late getting by. I have had trouble commenting over here at your place. Tried for several days. At elast I got through this time. *waving howdy*

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