Friday, December 22, 2017
Murphy, See How You Shine! by Chen Wei Teng
This picture book tells a simple little story about a blind dog named Murphy. Although he was sometimes bullied by the seeing dogs, he had a rescuer in the form of his owner, Candy.
She was the one that took him from the shelter where he'd lived for a long time before she came.
It turns out that Murphy is a Diabetes Assist Dog that's been trained to alert his owner when she has low blood sugar. Candy, his owner, has Type 1 diabetes and was once saved by Murphy before she went into a coma.
The story ends with Murphy saving a young boy, also with diabetes. Candy and Murphy were going for a walk when the dog bounded over to the boy and Candy had a sweet snack on hand.
The full-page watercolour illustrations really brought the characters to life. I liked how the illustrator incorporated tiny details that made the reader recognise that it's set in Singapore. Things like green railings alongside canals and the Bird of Paradise flowers in the park made it really heartwarming.
I guess my only gripe with the otherwise lovely book was that near the end of the book, when Candy offered a marshmallow snack to the aforementioned boy, the illustration was instead of a Rice Krispie. Minor no doubt, but it was a little jarring nonetheless.
I would recommend this book to everyone, young or old, as not many people have heard of Diabetes Assist Dogs, nor blind ones at that. This book teaches the reader that everyone is special in his or her own way and not to despise their gifts.
If you'd like this book, you can get it from this online store. Also, if you'd like to bring your kid to story-telling sessions, check out this Facebook page for more information!
Disclaimer: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.