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Monday, December 6, 2010

Golden Retriever loves senior citizens

Lazar, the Good Deed Dog: Giving Love and Respect to Our Elderly

Lazar, the Good Deed Dog: Giving Love and Respect to Our Elderly was recently the best-selling book at the Jewish Community Center Metropolitan Detroit 59th Annual Book Fair, showcasing authors premiering 65 new books. 

Lazar, a Golden Retriever rescue dog, lives at the Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza retirement community. Having grown up without a family or home, he now has people to visit and fun things to do every day! In return, his presence enhances the lives of the seniors whose families and pets live elsewhere, bringing them joy and companionship. Both Lazar and his resident friends benefit from this unique relationship in Lazar, the Good Deed Dog: Giving Love and Respect to Our Elderly, a new book by Myrna Gelman Shanker.

With illustrations and rhyme, readers travel from room to room with Lazar, as he visits and celebrates the rich lives of his elderly friends. Based upon a real-life living situation, this book encourages children and their parents to visit the elderly, sharing their time, love and respect with this special generation, who have much to teach.

This book celebrates the importance of creating meaningful relationships with the elderly, eliminating the negative effects of loneliness, vulnerability and boredom. The story emphasizes the beauty within every person, which Lazar helps to bring out in "his" seniors as he lovingly interacts with them. Take a tip from Lazar: Dedicate your day to acts of kindness just for the sake of making the world a better place.

About The Author and Illustrator

Myrna Gelman Shanker was born and raised in Metropolitan Detroit. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan, and has worked in teaching and advertising. Her own poignant relationships with family, community and animals inspired her to write Lazar, The Good Deed Dog: Giving Love and Respect to Our Elderly. This is her first children's book.

Linda Robinson, illustrator, has been creating since she won all those ribbons in 3rd grade. After college, Linda worked in industrial publishing and advertising. She has illustrated 20 books and happily illustrated six books for children. She is also the author of the novel, Chantepleur√©.


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