Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
Welcome to my spot on the blog tour !!
Firstly followers of my blog will know this isn’t the first book I’ve reviewed for author Patricia Furstenberg.
Pat approached me via email to review her book Joyful Trouble just over a year ago and since then she has asked me to review many more of her books. So when she contacted me in April about her new book of poems, she also invited me onto this blog tour ( my very first one I have to say) I was overjoyed and humbled.
So onto the book As Good as Gold is a delightful books of poems featuring life through a dogs eyes. The poems themselves are grouped into
The first poem you encounter is Why Hedgehog. This was I have to say one of my favourites the descriptive writing Pat uses is as always amazing. The puppy exploring this prickly creature and it’s delightful inquisitiveness is all found within this poem and friendships are formed.
Below is an excerpt from the poem and one of the delightful pictures from the book.
The Haiku section of the book had some other favourites for me Rain, Winter and Ocean.
Throughout the book Pat has included some cute photos of dogs and puppies giving it quite an ‘Aww’ factor which our young readers and adults alike will fall in love with.
As a teaching assistant for 30 years I felt that this could be easily used in a classroom reading a poem a day and using this as a discussion to talk about feelings and emotions too. Children will love seeing the world through a puppies eyes .
This book is definitely a book for all ages whether your reading it by yourself or sharing with your child.
Pats book once again gave me the feel good factor and I found myself smiling when I read the poems as you can quite easily picture our furry friends within the poems.
A well deserved 5 stars.
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Below is a Q & A that Pat and I did….
Q: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a speciﬁc reason or reasons for writing each book?
I always enjoyed writing. I felt comfortable expressing myself through words, I felt at ease with words. Much like a dolphin loves the sea and a sparrow loves the open span of the sky, I love the feel of words on my tongue and on the tip of my fingers as I type them out – although I did begin with pen on paper.
Books ask to be written. Stories need to be told. They begin with a seed, a thought that grows and grows and I just have to put it down on paper and build it up.
It was never my intention to become an author, I just wanted to write. And you are a writer as long as you write; every day.
Q: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong inﬂuence on you or your writing?
There are quite a few authors whose work I admire and I know that it will help me escape reality – I enjoy this in a book: Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Diana Gabaldon, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Rachel Abbott. As to books influencing my writing, I think those would be the books close to my heart; the works of Emil Cioran, Robert Frost, Ana Blandiana, Daphne du Maurier, Michael Morpurgo.
Q: Any writing rituals?
Not much, I am not a fussy girl: coffee, pen
and paper (my laptop or my phone).
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Writing “As Good as Gold” was a lot of fun. It happened during a few good months as the poems came to life triggered by various events or observations. I often ask myself what goes through a dog’s mind. When they lift their head s watching the sky or a bird’s flight? Writing Haiku was like a snowball fight – refreshing and invigorating.
Q: Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I am a full time writer who loves her family very much and they always come first, especially my children. My husband is very supportive towards my writing; his excitement and friendship are just the tonic I need at times.
Q: Is there a book you love to re-read ?
Always! Right now: “An Autobiography” by Agatha Christie.
Thanks Pat for your continued support of book bloggers and I feel I’ve found a friend through our emails keep up with the beautiful stories and poems!