Childrens Poetry

As Good as Gold: A dog’s life in poems

23 July 2018
As Good As Gold Book Cover As Good As Gold
Patricia Furstenberg
May 11, 2018

As engaging as a tail wag."There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails." (Susan Day, Editor and Author)"A super sweet and poignant book of poetry about what a pup thinks of his world. As a cat lover I especially was tickled by his relationship to the cat. Any dog lover would adore this book. The photos were appealing. Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds." (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, "As Good as Gold" is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as "Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog", "As Brown as Chocolate", "Silver Stars and Puppy Tail" or, best yet, "Dog or Book?"A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by just as many colorful, expressive portraits of our canine friends. The poems are grouped in: Questions, Colors, Musings and Haiku. * Ideal to boost you up by reading one poem at a time, * Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day, * Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones, * A gentle way to introduce children to animals' feelings, * Amazing picture to cheer you up.* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!


This is a wonderful book of poems that help create special moments with your children. The tone, wording and maturity of the poems are clearly for children and I’m thinking from about 5 years old. There is a consistent style through each poem, so it is something that you can explain to a child and they can start to see the form and structure.

What I really liked about the book is that it is seen through the eyes of a dog but there isn’t an attempt to make every poem sentimental about it being man’s best friend. It was quite refreshing to see the author get inside the head of a dog and imagine what the sights, sounds and thought process must be like. It was also important to illustrate how often the dog became accepting of a new situation such as a cat or a book, which teaches us that maybe we can’t always get what we desire but the compromise can also be positive.

The poems are categorised into 4 main groups: Questions, Colours, Musings and Haiku. Like many books of collected stories or poems, there are those you will love, those you will like and those not so much. I did like the ‘Dog or Book’ poem and found ‘The Third Dog’ poem a great one for reading and discussing with children. The Colour poems were delightful, not only because they are well written, but they provide that added dimension to help explain the colours in nature and create a bit of excitement around discovery. The final section on Haiku was a great change of pace and another insight into a style of Japanese verse.

Poems are such a fantastic part of literature that to start a child off appreciating poetic verse is brilliant. As Good as Gold: A Dog’s Life in Poems is a great book for young readers and not so bad for older ones too.

Many thanks to Patricia Furstenberg for permitting me to read her book and provide an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

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