Woofer is a collection of thirty-three animal adventure stories for children, originally written by Betty Fasig for her family. The central character is Woofer, a furry dachshund puppy that “Mum,” the author, receives as a surprise Christmas gift from her fun-loving family.
A myriad of animals grace the pages of Woofer, including the mouse Old Agnes, the caring and protective Margaret hen, the pregnant Margery rabbit, a proud and tender peacock named Cho Lee who loves to strut and falls in love with a quail, and best friends Ibis the Ibis and Maudie the horse.
The stories are carefully arranged in chronological order, up to the season. Also includes a Christmas story! This is a book about a puppy that changes the opinions of those around him, wins hearts and becomes a heroic and trusted friend. Woofer earns the respect of all animals for miles around and becomes a legend as he grows up.
Generally warm, funny, and upbeat, Woofer also addresses real-life issues like movement, loneliness, earning respect, discerning the truth of what is being said, getting lost, defeating bullies, and more.
Having spent a few years on a farm in my youth, I see real germs in relationships with animals and can verify the strange and wonderful bonds that occur between species. The epilogue provides a pleasant closing by revealing how all the animals still return to the same area every year and spend time with Woofer and his friends discussing old times and having new adventures.
From time to time various adorable hobby drawings of peasant life and adventures are inserted that are sure to entertain children. The cover is a photograph of the inspiration of the main character, the author’s dog, which gives the book a more realistic look than a characterization or drawing might have.
The underlying theme of the book is that no matter how small a person may think they are, or how small they may be, they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. And this is an encouraging thought.
Woofer is a great book for bedtime stories, but is best enjoyed when read to groups of children. Written in such a way that the reader can easily characterize animals and situations with their own voice, the book is sure to make groups of children laugh with joy. As such, I think Woofer would make an excellent addition to the shelves of libraries, schools, kindergartens and the like.