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Pansy-cover_webReviewed by Poppy Johnson 

The story of Pansy was borne out Cynthia Bardes’ tragedy; she was struck by an auto and required recuperation to heal from the accident. During that time of recovery, she wrote a story about her dog Pansy, a brown poodle who goes on a mysterious adventure. This adventure is the subject and theme of the book Pansy at the Palace.

Pansy the poodle is the narrator of the book, and she begins her life humbly enough at an animal shelter. She is thankfully rescued by a little girl who takes her to the Beverly Hills Palace Hotel to live with her human family. Pansy enjoys the high life until she experiences an unfortunate run in with a bossy jealous cat named Desirée. Next, some jewels go missing and the search for the real thief begins (or thieves – no spoilers here!).

The book is written in the “Madeline”-type of vein with classic illustrations, water colored people seen on tall pages (the book is nicely over-sized)  and brightly clothed characters who are the epitome of high class. Boys and girls will enjoy the mystery aspect of the book because it is written for children of any age to enjoy. Pansy is a modest dog with courage, ethics and high moral character (not a frilly, spoiled  diva-type of a pet). Children will remember her tenacity, and it will no doubt become a retold children’s favorite for years and years to come.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Cynthia Bardes. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.