Many an urbanite will wince at the prospect of reading the “Chicken Soup” books, having heard about their syrupy tone. And it’s true—these collections of inspirational short stories are strictly of the Hallmark variety. Each formulaic story comes down the assembly line with the same bells and whistles. But for those who prefer their animal tales schmaltzy and sentimental, these tales will hit the spot. (Of course, vegetarian readers will note the incongruity of calling a book for animal lovers, “Chicken Soup” for anything.)
Meet Lucy, the white German shepherd mix who saves her owners’ marriage. And Dolly, the pearl cockatiel, who serves as a divine sign that a child with leukemia will be healed. And Brownie, a canine who howls outside of the church each Sunday for his organist-owner. A typical “Chicken Soup” story ends: “Our charming, nose-nipping cat was gone, but now Starry, the Christmas angel, would be part of our family tradition for years to come. Sometimes you can make your own miracles.” More than 48 million “Chicken Soup” books have been sold so far; surely there must be someone who will admit to owning one. Soupers, reveal yourselves and walk proud!
by Jack Canfield,
Mark Victor Hansen,
Marty Becker D.V.M.
and Carol Kline (Health Communications)