LOLA - The Therapy Dog and Her Children's Book Series

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Ever get something for your children and get surprised by their reaction?  Like you think they'd love it and they don't.  Or you think they won't care too much for something, and they love it?  That happened to me with the Lola - the therapy dog and her books.  I brought the books out, handed her the tiny Lola plush and read her all the stories.  That was half a week ago, and she has slept with Lola every night along with her beloved teddy bear.  I thought the Lola books were cute, but I never thought she'd be so drawn to it.  I've read her the books as she help Lola every day so far.

Lola is a real life therapy dog, special and unique as she is a tiny 5 pound Yorkie, and not your typical therapy dog.  Lola tours the country and visits with autistic children in real life, and has a book series targeted with stories of helping children get through their firsts like going to the doctor, going to school, as well as a story of Lola going to work and achieving her goals.
The author of the book series Marcia Goldman is her owner, they both tour the country.  The book series has been featured in hundreds of libraries and independent bookstores nationwide.  The stories in the books aim to help children navigate various stressful scenarios.

·         Lola Goes to Work: Meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who's feeling like a runt.  The book shows children how through hard work and determination, anyone can achieve their goals.
·         Lola Goes to the Doctor: Lola is nervous about going to the doctor, but discovers she's a bigger dog than she thought.
·         Lola & Tattletale Zeke: Tattling is a huge issue, especially in kindergarten/1st grade and there are no picture books dealing with the subject. Lola and Tattletale Zeke offers a jumping-off point for classroom and family discussions.
·         Lola Goes to School. Children will identify with Lola as she faces first-day-of-school jitters.

One of the things we really enjoyed and thought was a sweet touch is that they use real pictures in the book pages and not illustrations.  Might just be one of the reasons why my daughter was so drawn to them.