Wooffer is an assembling of thirty-three small animal-adventure children tales originally composed by Betty Fasig for her family. The center character is Wooffer, a furry dachshund puppy that “mom”, the writer, gets as a surprise Christmas present from her fun-loving family.
A legion of animals adorn the pages of Wooffer, including Old Agnes the mouse, kind and protective Margaret the hen, Marygrey the expectant hare, a gallant and adorable peacock called Cho Lee who loves to sashay his stuff and falls in love with a quail, and best friends Ibie the Ibis and Maudie the horse.
The tales are thoughtfully placed in chronological order, right down to the season. It even includes a Xmas tale! This is a book about a puppy that converts the feelings of those around him, wins hearts and becomes a dependable, heroic friend. Wooffer gains esteem from all the animals for miles around and becomes a bit of a legend by the time he grows up.
Broadly affectionate, amusing and blithesome, Wooffer also tackles real world events from moving, solitude, acquiring esteem, recognizing fact from what one is told, getting lost, defeating bullies and more. The epilogue furnishes a decent closing by disclosing how all the animals still come back to the same area each year and spend time with Wooffer and his friends talking about the the good old days and having new escapades.
Enclosed at times are several adorable nonprofessional drawings of life and adventures on the farm that are sure to entertain children. The binding is a photograph of the brainchild for the chief character – the writers dog – which gives a more naturalistic feel to the book than a characterization or drawing could have arranged.
The book’s fundamental base is that irrespective how little a human may believe they are, or how small of a thing they may do – they can make a difference to the lives of those around them. And this is an supportive idea.
Wooffer is an excellent book for bedtime stories, but will be best loved when reading to groups of children. Written in such a manner that the reader can easily characterize the animals and situations with their voice, the book is sure to bring giggles of delight to groups of kids. As such, I believe Wooffer would be a superior addition to the bookshelves of libraries, schools, daycare centers and the like.