Stephanie Marshall Ward
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours – Tour Coordinator
In June 2009 - Barbara Techel will tour cyberspace to promote her multi-award winning picture book, Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog. This book tells the true story of her dachshund, Frankie, who was paralyzed by an injury. Frankie recovers, thrives, and keeps on rolling with the help of a custom-fitted wheelchair. Children love this book, and it resonates with dog lovers, families of kids with disabilities, and book lovers of all ages.
About Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog
Frankie is a dachshund, and this story is told from her point of view. She survives the normal challenges of puppyhood, including a struggle with house training, after Barbara and John adopt her. After a spinal injury, her human family nurtures her through a long period of rehabilitation and buys her a custom-fitted wheelchair. It takes a while to adapt to her new wheels, but soon she is joyfully rolling and playing.
Barbara wrote this book to offer hope and inspiration to people who face challenges. A lifelong , she realized Frankie's paralysis was an opportunity to spread a positive message.
Topics and Themes in Frankie the Walk and Roll Dog
- Teaching children and adults about compassion
- Helping readers learn to overcome adversity
- Providing encouragement to and their families
- Helping people see challenges as a way to learn and grow.
- Showing animals with disabilities in a positive light
- Helping dachshund owners (and many vets) understand this disease in doxies and know that a wheelchair is a viable option
Barbara is a writer and animal lover. Her column, "For the Love of Animals" has appeared in the Depot Dispatch. Frankie the Walk 'n Roll dog, her first children's book, was awarded the 2008 National Best Book Award (children’s picture book soft cover) by USA Book News, the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by Dog Writer’s Association of America, and the Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review. It was also a finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence Awards. Frankie herself was inducted into the 2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame.
To see the tour schedule visit: http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2009/05/frankie-walk-n-roll-dog-virtual-book.html
For more information see Barbara's site: http://www.joyfulpaws.com/
And her blog: http://www.joyfulpaws.com/
Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life