|And he lives with Dr. Randy Lange, a veterinarian and his family. Like every parent, Dr. Lange hated to see his daughter, Jessica, terrified of her upcoming tonsillectomy. He was frustrated at the lack of materials explaining surgery and offering comfort at a childs level. During her recovery at a local Childrens Miracle Network hospital, Dr. Lange also developed a very deep concern for the children he saw without loved ones present. Work and other responsibilities often force parents to leave these youngsters alone in the hospital. His concern for both Jessica and the children he met led him to write Ill Be O.K. and to create Josh. In writing Ill Be O.K., Dr. Lange consulted pediatricians, nurses, and surgeons to ensure that the procedures are very close to those experienced by children. Dr. Lange has been in practice for over 25 years and understands the powerful bond between humans and animals.
In real life, Josh is just like hes portrayed in Ill Be O.K. - adventurous and playful! Dr. Lange and Josh do make public appearances. To see if theyre appearing in your area or to find out how to schedule an appearance at a conference, parenting fair or other special event, please email [email protected]
Illustrator Betsy Tarpley Lesher brought the story of Josh, Jessica and Smudge to life with her unique style of illustration. She gives the book a fresh, upbeat look that reflects the storys positive outlook on a serious subject.
|Hi! My name is Josh, and I'm a Golden Retriever You know, blond and loving with a tail that just won't stop wagging!|