Palestine native Bonnie Bentley and Lindsay Gamache, both of Los Angeles, have published a children’s book “Rescue Pups: The Adventures of Maxwell and Kota.”
Both women were inspired by their own rescue dogs to write the children’s book. Through their volunteer work with both foster children and rescue animals, they were encouraged to spread the message that it doesn’t matter where you come from, everyone deserves a home.
“I started working with kids at my mom’s dance studio when I was in high school, and have continued my passion for teaching children throughout my life,” Bentley said. “I also remember loving the Palestine Public Library, and the many books my parents would read to me. Both of those were inspirations for me to collaborate on my own children’s book.”
The book, primarily written for ages 3 to 6, was released in late December and was selected by Apple iBooks for their “Beautiful Kid’s Books” with only a handful of others. The book, published through Kite Readers, is available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle, iTunes and Barnes & Noble NOOK. The NOOK and iTunes offers a read-aloud feature that showcases voice-over actors that bring the character to life.
The children’s book revolves around a dog, Kota, who tries to make friends in his new neighborhood. But he is rejected because he’s not a champion dog, he’s not a fancy dog and he’s not a pure breed. In fact, he doesn’t know where he comes from at all. But through an unexpected friendship with his neighbor Maxwell, he discovers a new meaning of the word “rescue.”
The book already has received several five-star reviews on Amazon.
“This story works great for kids. My daughter (7) loves the adorable pictures and it’s just the right level for her to catch on to the sequence of events. The conclusion is wonderful and teaches a good lesson about friendship too that goes beyond just pets. We like having this book on our tablet, too!” one reviewer wrote.
Bentley grew up in Palestine and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in theatre. She is the daughter of Judge Bascom W. Bentley III and wife, Carol.
Both Bentley and Gamache are members of the Children’s Book Society of Writers and Illustrators, and are currently in the process of writing their next children’s book. They also plan to create an animated television series based on “Rescue Pups.” Get updates on the book at www.facebook.com/maxandkota .