As narrated by Tuesday, Tuesday Tucks Me In is a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world. The book takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking military veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep.
"Mom, I liked that book."
My response was "I liked it too. It was a nice book wasn't it"?
When I asked him what he liked about it, "It had good pictures. He and the dog liked each other."
I liked that the book helped him ask questions
"Why would he have nightmares mom?" (sometimes people see bad things in wars and they can't forget it and it stays in their heads)
"Why does the dog help him?" (because she's trained to and dogs like to be hugged)
"Do you think cats can be trained to do that mom?" (no, they are too independent, but I know people are calmer when they pet a cat, so if the cat likes to be cuddled it's good for people too).
Luis tells the story of himself and his service dog so nicely, it's a great introduction for children to learn about service dogs. It had easy language throughout, explained bigger terms, great pictures, and the love between a man and his helpful dog was evident throughout.
My son's question about can cats be trained led me to research (So I can share with my boy in the morning) what animals can be used in the role of a service animal.
The following animals have been used: miniature horses, capuchin monkeys, parrots and pigs. I learned that the ADA (American disabilities act) considers dogs to be the only service animal, with some allowances made for miniature horses.
Service animals provide so much support for folks... some people with autism needing an anchor, to blind folks needing a guide, to people struggling with the after-affects of war. It's neat to see how many jobs a dog can perform for people, turning on lights, bringing socks, providing stability physically as well as emotionally... and how much they can get back from their person.
PDF on working dogs.
Canadian Therapy Dogs.
Service dogs help autistic children.
Received: Hardcover picture book
Title: Tuesday Tucks Me In
Author: Luis Carlos Montalvan with Bret Writter
Photographs: Dan Dion
Type: Picture Book
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books