Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cindy Lou and Sammy Too: Go To The Mall by Cheryl McNeil Fisher

Good Day Dear Readers:
This week I'd like to introduce a book that is both fun and educational. Cindy Lou and Sammy Too: Go To The Mall tells about a day in the life of a guide dog. 

If you're looking for a helpful book to explain how dogs help people, this is a great starting book. There's more, and I've included some links to places that will help enhance your lesson plans and discussions.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

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Book Title: Cindy Lou and Sammy Too Go To The Mall: The Adventure of a Guide Dog Team
Author: Cheryl McNeil Fisher
Illustrator: Lisa O'Gorman Hofsommer


Publisher and date: Doggoneit Publishing; 1ST edition (2014)
Reading level:
Book Info: Paperback: 32 pages
Series: The Adventure Of A Guide Dog Team
Genre: chapter picture book
ISBN:978-0990461500
ASIN: B00N5ADG8U 

Book Theme: Service dogs, guide dog, blindness, disabilities





Book Summary:

Colorful and heartwarming illustrated chapter book entertains and explains to children the vital role of a guide dog in the daily life of a blind person. "My name is Sammy and today my friend Cindy and I are going to the mall. I'm her guide dog and my job is very important. Cindy is legally blind and it's my job to keep her safe." The story will help children better understand the challenges Cindy faces and how her guide dog provides invaluable support. As Cindy Lou and Sammy travel through the shops, people stop to pet Sammy, but Cindy kindly asks them not to, explaining that he's working and needs to remain focused on his job. The book expertly explains why others should never disrupt a guide dog. Sammy also shares the rules he follows in his daily life, such as why he is only allowed to eat at certain times during the day, and what certain commands from Cindy mean to him. Readers learn that although guid e dogs are allowed everywhere with their owners, managers of stores and restaurants will often ask for proof that Sammy is in fact a service dog. Sammy tells readers that if he and Cindy are only one step out of sync with each other, Cindy can easily get hurt. Cindy Lou and Sammy Too Go to the Mall: The Adventure of a Guide Dog Team is a wonderful special education tool for teachers and students, enjoyable for children of all ages to read and to learn about the blind community and courageous guide dogs. Above all else, this delightfully illustrated tale is a story about loyalty and friendship. As readers see the world through Sammy's eyes, they can feel the devotion and love he has for his owner. Educational and heartwarming in equal measure, Cindy and Sammy are certainly a winning team.


Activity Adventures:

Discussion Questions:
Talk about some of the etiquette rules when dealing with a service dog, or someone with a disability. These websites might offer a few suggestions: Teaching Kids Disability Etiquette 

Sometimes we might see service dogs in school! Yes, even though there might be a No Dogs Allowed, with service dogs, there are different rules. Why would someone bring a dog to school? Here are various ways service dogs help people. 

The Humane Society has several lessons for various grades on pet and animal care. 


Authors Arena

Author:Cheryl McNeil Fisher

Prior to losing her sight nearly 15 years ago due to detached retinas, Cheryl McNeil-Fisher was a successful real estate agent and title closer in the Hudson Valley. After hearing a Public Service Announcement, she attended a Guiding Eyes Walkathon: a step, literally, that led her to apply for admission to a Guiding Eyes dog training program. She graduated with her first Guiding Eyes dog, “Pearl” in the winter of 1994. “Pearl” is now retired, and Cheryl has a second guide dog, “Gregg.”

Prior to losing her sight nearly 15 years ago due to detached retinas, Cheryl McNeil-Fisher was a successful real estate agent and title closer in the Hudson Valley. After hearing a Public Service Announcement, she attended a Guiding Eyes Walkathon: a step, literally, that led her to apply for admission to a Guiding Eyes dog training program. She graduated with her first Guiding Eyes dog, “Pearl” in the winter of 1994. “Pearl” is now retired, and Cheryl has a second guide dog, “Gregg.”

Since graduating from Guiding Eyes, Cheryl, a self described “over achiever,” has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, was ordained an Interfaith Minister and has worked as an assistant pastor and youth minister. She holds a Masters Degree from The New Interfaith Seminary in New York City and Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She is also a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes.

Cheryl recently decided to explore her more creative side and started her own business, Cheryl Lynn Designs. Based in Walkill, she custom designs knitted apparel and other items and manages the business on her own. She markets her designs via the internet, using adaptive technology, as well as through in-person presentations and consignment shops.

Accompanied by “Gregg,” Cheryl educates school children and members of civic organizations about blindness and guide dogs.

Cheryl recently received the Entrepreneur with a Disability Award at the National Disability Employment Awareness Awards Ceremony in Poughkeepsie, New York. The event was sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities and the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce.


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