Gina Maria Sanfilippo
Jack the Husky Dog: When Your Friend’s Parents Get
by Gina Maria Sanfilippo

Jack the husky dog and his best friend Frankie are
struggling to face all the changes happening to their family.
Frankie’s parents are getting divorced and Jack is doing all
he can to help Frankie understand and adjust to all the
changes that divorced families typically experience. With
Jack’s help, Frankie realizes that although his new life post
divorce is very different than before, different can be ok too.
With the additional love and support he receives from his
husky dog Jack he is able to find the courage and
understanding to accept his new life.
I grew up in a family with seven kids.  My father passed when I
was eleven, and my mother’s ability to raise us as a single
parent was tremendous to observe. As I became a parent
myself, I was able to draw on those observations and apply
that same courage I saw in my mother to the way I raised my
own children. I too am a single parent, of two children, but my
single parent status was by choice, through divorce. My many
life altering experiences have shaped the person I have
become through the challenges that God has sent my way. My
strong values and a lot of prayer have carried me forward in
the face of adversity over and over again. It was those
experiences that have been incorporated into my children’s
books, along with current concerns for children that produced
“real issue” stories and character building solutions. Add in
my love for dogs, especially a Siberian husky dog named
Jack, and you have a new series of books, original, helpful,
real and respectful to both the characters and readers alike. I
have a master’s degree from Washington University School of
Business in St. Louis, Missouri and still seek out additional
educational opportunities whenever I can. I truly love writing
stories that can help and inspire children. I hope the
messages that are offered in my stories will provide some
level of understanding, peace and hope for all the children
and parents who are able to read them.
This is a matter-of-fact approach to dealing with the turmoil families can go through during divorce. It is non-judgmental and uses a Husky
dog as a helper-dog for a boy and his emotions. Talking to the dog and explaining what the boy understands is an excellent way of helping
young ones understand what divorce means to them without putting them on the spot. The book gives examples of how one may ask for
help from Heavenly Father with appropriate prayerful wishes. The text is presented in rhyme. What is touchingly a flash of the blinding
obvious is how kids going through their parents’ divorce proceedings and beyond suddenly find themselves owning two of many things, a
set of essentials for each household. We rated this a solid four hearts

Jack the Husky Dog: When Your Friend Loses a Parent
by Gina Maria Sanfilippo

Jack the husky dog and his friend Maria face loses together
when Maria’s father dies suddenly one summer. Maria is a
young girl of 11 years of age dealing with one of life’s most
difficult challenges, the death of a parent. She goes from
experiencing a normal childhood with a normally present
mother and father to almost instantly having to accept and
assume the role of a child being raised solely by her
mother, now a single parent. Jack the husky dog serves as
her friend and coach as she finds her way through the
many stages of grieving. This book is meant to be read with
parent and child together and can serve as a talking aid for
parents and children to discuss and understand the
emotions felt before, during and after the death of a parent
as experienced by and from the child’s perspective. With
the additional love and support she receives from her husky
dog Jack she is able to find the courage and understanding
to accept her new life circumstances difficult as that may be.
Bob and Barb Spear, Owners The Book Barn
410 Delaware
Leavenworth, KS 66048
(913) 682-6518  

Title: Jack the Husky Dog: When Your Friend Loses A Parent

Author: Gina Mario Sanfilipo
Illustrator: Nicolas Peruzzo

Publisher and/or Distributor: Mirror Publishing
Publisher Website: http://www.http/

Pages: 28

ISBN: ISBN 978-1-61225-150-9

Price: $9.99

Publishing Date: 2012

Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts  

This outstanding picture book helps children deal with the death of a parent. Jack the Husky Dog is a good listener and offers sound
advice to his mistress when her father does not survive a surgery. Having a dog give the advice on how to deal with the emotions
children inevitably experience makes it somehow more acceptable since pets are more accepting and less judging. Jack walks a
little girl through the grieving process, addressing the need for spiritual support along the way. The pictures are clear and supportive
of the text. This is an important book in a series that addresses common children’s values. We rated it five hearts.  

Illustrations= 5


Connectivity= 6

Characterization= 6
Subject= 6
Total= 29 \30 = 97%= 5 Hearts

Heart Scoring Percentages  
1 heart=     < 44%        
2 hearts=     44%        
3 hearts=     60%        
4 hearts=     85%        
5 hearts=     95%
Jack the Husky Dog Encounters a Bully
by Gina Maria Sanfilippo

Jack the Husky Dog and his friends Lucy and Mattie
encounter a bully on their walk to school. The bully attempts
to bully Jack with no success. He then immediately preys
on Mattie, Jack’s small husky dog friend. Mattie is afraid to
defend herself and seems powerless against the bully’s
bad treatment of her. Jack steps in to defend his friend. He
is quick to make sure the bully understands his bad
behavior will not be tolerated and he must stop. The bully
does stop and the three friends finally make it to school
grateful to be safe again.

Jack the Husky Dog Books are meant to be read with the
parent and child together. Jack the Husky Dog Encounters
a Bully can serve as a talking aid for adults and children to
discuss the topic of bullying, including the need for children
to tell someone if they encounter a bully.     B &
"Jack the Husky Dog: When Your Friend's Parents Get Divorced," is a self help book dealing with the issue of divorce designed for
children ages 4-12 years. Partly told from the viewpoint of the Husky dog, Jack who belongs to a boy named Frankie, "Jack the Husky
Dog, When Your Friend's Parents Get Divorced" observes and explores the confusing feelings and experiences of a boy whose parents
separate and then divorce. Frankie has to get used to many changes, such as living in two homes, keeping a different schedule, and
having different toothbrushes, meals, and routines during the weeks while he is with his mother from the alternate weeks when he is
with his father. In all this change, Jack is a constant, steady, reassuring presence to Frankie. Although he cannot bring his parents back
together again, the important things in Frankie's life will be taken care of. When he prays with Jack at night, his request is eventually the
same: "Dear God and all those in heaven above, Bless my mom and dad and all others we love. Amen" Frankie learns that although
divorce is change and an ending of the marriage, it is not an ending of the family. Best of all, Frankie learns that he can talk to Jack
about anything that worries him and Jack will always lend a paw to help
.................................Midwest Book Review