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The Puppy Who Wanted to be a Boy
by Jean Gnap

Many children’s books personify animals to convey a certain message. THE PUPPY WHO WANTED TO BE A BOY is one of them. It is the story of a Labrador puppy who would rather grow up to be a boy instead of a dog. Throughout the story he strives to become a boy. “Maybe if I eat pizza I’ll grow up to be a boy, “ he hopefully says. But of course he does grow up to be a dog. However he is trained to become a special dog—a service dog for a Wounded Warrior. The message is “Accept who you are, but be the best that you can be.”

P.S. Oh, by the way, do you know that some fictional stories turn out to be true?

In a small town, south west of Chicago, there is a real puppy training to become a service dog for a Wounded Warrior. His name is LOU.

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Jean, a former science teacher and recently retired book store owner, lives with her physician husband John, a Vietnam war veteran, in a small suburb south west of Chicago.

Jean and John have three adult children, three grandchildren and of course—a dog.

This book is dedicated to their grandchildren: Samantha, Amanda and Sabrina; and to children everywhere. Remember “Accept who you are, but be the best that you can be.”


Jean Gnap
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