Rescued Animals’ Story Teaches Empathy and Resilience to Children
CHICAGO, August 11, 2015 – Miles: A Little Dog with an Eye for Friendship is a new children’s book about a rescued dog that befriends and helps an abused bunny. The story is the third in a series of books that feature rescued animals’ stories in order to provide lessons to children on how to overcome adversity.
Based on a true story, Miles is a rescued dog with googly eyes that lives at the House of Nubs, a Grayslake, Illinois home for abused animals. One day a gray bunny named Pigeon that was mistreated at an unsupervised petting zoo arrives at the House of Nubs. Pigeon’s leg thumps uncontrollably, which can give a bunny a heart attack. When the adults at the House of Nubs try to comfort Pigeon, it doesn’t work because Pigeon is too afraid. That’s when Miles sits next to Pigeon’s cage and his presence comforts the gray bunny. Miles even sleeps next to Pigeon, and Pigeon’s leg thumping stops. Miles and Pigeon become best friends, and Miles learns that “even if someone looks very different from you, you might be able to help them just by being their friend.”
The 19-page Miles: A Little Dog with an Eye for Friendship was co-authored and published by mother-daughter team Marilyn and Kristin Ludwig and is targeted to children ages 5 to 11. The book features colorful photography of the actual animals, which is the work of Kelly Andre. The book is available at http://www.nubs.bigcartel.com/product/miles-a-little-dog-with-an-eye-for-friendship.
“Our books are based on the concept of resiliency training and each book deals with a different attribute needed for resilience to adversity,” Kristin Ludwig said. “Resiliency training provides the coping skills to handle life’s misfortunes so that an individual may continue to live a good, functioning life. Everyone can benefit from resiliency training, but it is not widely taught today. Research has revealed that resiliency training is particularly effective in children between the ages of seven to 12.”
Miles: A Little Dog with an Eye for Friendship focuses on the resiliency attribute of “empathy.” The other books in the series include Nubs: A Little Bird with a Big Story, which emphasizes reaching out for help, and Remy: A Little Bird with a Big Imagination, which deals with self-efficacy.
Marilyn Ludwig has more than 30 years’ experience directing and writing children’s theater. Kristin Ludwig, a life-long animal advocate, has been rehabilitating and training animals for therapy work with children since 2009. Kristin Ludwig started the House of Nubs to care for abused animals. She added the resiliency program after saving a bird named Nubs from an animal hoarder. When sharing Nubs’ rescue story with children at a local group foster home, to Ludwig’s surprise, the foster children began to use the bird’s story as a way to process their own traumatic experiences.
The NUBS team aims to make resiliency training more common among all children and is writing a companion curriculum called Wings UpTM that aligns to Common Core classroom standards. Wings UpTM will launch this September.
To learn more about the House of Nubs, visit http://www.houseofnubs.org/
About NUBS: NUBS (No Unwanted BirdS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social welfare organization. The mission of NUBS is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of animals who have bravely given life a second chance. The NUBS organization produces books, which have been distributed throughout the world. NUBS also hosts live events and visits libraries, schools, and group foster homes. Fans follow the daily journey of the animals in the “House of Nubs” through the popular Nubs Facebook Page, the House of Nubs Web Series on You Tube, and at www.houseofnubs.org.