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Jennifer Letvinchuk, MSEdL.
educator and mom


Katana gets a family, is a creative way to share a story of unconditional love of a family. It is a heartfelt tale of how a little puppy finds her forever home. The way the story rhymes makes it fun to read and the detailed illustrations accurately represent the many emotions on all the characters. Children questioning whether they are accepted or yearning for unconditional love can relate to Katana, and feel connected to her. It is truly a masterpiece with a great social emotional lesson.

Verónica Alvarado-Frías, M.Ed.,
educator, mom, and early intervention specialist


Teaching about acceptance and mistakes to children is challenging. Katana Gets a Home is a gentle and loving story that serves as the perfect tool to explore these important social-emotional topics with children in school and home alike. Katana’s experiences are easily relatable and can help children learn valuable lessons as they grow and develop their sense of self. Every child should have access to this story in their classroom or home!

Abby Pete
author of the Harvey the Hippo Series

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Leap into the loving world of Katana Gets a Family: Lessons of a Labradoodle, where tails wag and hearts connect. Children and parents alike will discover the timeless values of compassion, caring, patience and acceptance. A charming read that's sure to become a family favorite at bedtime or anytime!

Jillian Best Adler, MS
Child Development and mom


Katana Gets a Home is a relatable story that highlights the important difference between someone's behavior and their worth. This is an important lesson for young children, who often aren't in control of their behavior, but it is an equally important reminder for parents, who are the ones responding to behaviors. My children enjoyed the engaging pictures and the rhyming story and it provided a great jumping off point for a conversation about how much I always love them, even when they do things that make me upset, just like Ashley and Jacky always loved Katana.

Jessie Dorfman, MLIS
Certified Librarian, educator, and mom 


Lessons of a Labradoodle is a charming, warm story of unconditional love. We were lucky enough to have Ashley visit our school to read to our students, and they were captivated. If you’re looking for a story to help you discuss family, love, and acceptance (or if you’re just looking for a story that makes you and your young reader feel warm inside), you will find it here with Katana. It’s a book with heart.

Midwest Book ReviewCertified


"Lessons of a Labradoodle: Katana gets a Family" is a gentle, charming, memorable, and nicely illustrated picture book that will have a special appeal for young children with an interest in pet themed stories on pet adoptions in general and dog stories in particular. "Lessons of a Labradoodle: Katana gets a Family" is an especially and unreservedly recommended pick for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8.

Zoe Artz, MSW, LSW,
School Counselor and mom

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Lessons of a Labradoodle: Katana gets a Family is a delightful story that illustrates the power of unconditional love and provides valuable lessons in empathy and inclusion for children and adults alike. As a school counselor, this book is sure to become an invaluable resource for fostering the social-emotional skills of empathy, understanding, and compassion.



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