Great Books For Kids

by Meghan Nanan

“Max and Charlie Help a Hero”

By Kim Roderiques and K.M. Ginter, with illustrations by Giorgia Florena Shaban

This inspirational book tells the story of a young boy, Charlie, and his adopted dog, Max, who travel around Cape Cod and Nantucket raising money for a veteran and his service dog. Based on a true story about a group of kids on Nantucket who raised money to have a service dog trained for a veteran, this story teaches children that they are never too young to help someone in need. Max and Charlie’s adventures explore the role of service dogs and the importance of honoring veterans. This unique book overlays illustrations on top of real Cape Cod photographs taken by Kim Roderiques, and all of the characters are based on real local heroes. Kids will enjoy seeing real landmarks, such as Main Street in Chatham and the Old North Wharf on Nantucket incorporated in this story. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this book goes to Nantucket Holidays for Heroes, the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund and the MSPCA.

46 pages, published by Kim Roderiques and K.M. Ginter, $14.95, helpaherobooks.com. Available locally at Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham.

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“Riptide”

By Frances Ward Weller

A heartwarming and heroic tale of a family dog, Riptide, who just can’t stay away from the beach despite the rule that no dogs are allowed. Determined and passionate, this golden retriever continuously returns to Nauset Beach, only to be chased away by the lifeguards. But Riptide’s love and fascination with Nauset Beach is what brings him to help save swimmers from the dangerous riptides. Based on a true story, Riptide won the hearts of many, especially the 18 lifeguards who watched over Nauset Beach and called Riptide their “19th lifeguard.” The story is accompanied with detailed illustrations by Robert J. Blake. Children and families will love this classic Cape Cod story of courage, love and a one-of-a-kind dog. First released in the 1990s, Riptide’s beloved tale is now back in print for all to enjoy.

30 pages, David R. Godine Publishing, $10.95, godine.com

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