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Review by Dr. Douglas L. Hazen

  • Review of Puddles of Ithaca by Dr. Douglas L. Hazen
    The new children’s picture book Puddles of Ithaca by author Richard Davison chronicles a bygone era missing from today’s Americana. Reading Mr. Davison’s book is like a journey into a Norman Rockwell painting. What is provided for the reader is a brief look into our past, a time when life was immeasurably simpler. This was the pre-Sputnik period. People had no cell phones, few had TV’s, milk was delivered twice per week to the front door in glass bottles, children  who played in the communities were actually known by their neighbors, the drive-in-movie theater entertained whole families, and movie houses offered ¢.50 three-hour Saturday afternoon matinees for the kids. Towns still had corner grocery stores and pharmacies had soda bars. Such is the setting of Mr. Davison’s new book.
    Puddles of Ithaca is a story of young boy – it so happens the boy is the book’s author – set during this idealic  time in a small town in Upstate New York. The boy is given a choice by a neighbor of selecting a puppy from a dog’s litter.  Puddles of Ithaca is a delightful short story of the relationship that develops between this boy and his dog. It even has a heroic moment when Puddles saves the family from a house fire. For parents who might want to share with their young children a wonderful view of America that is lost to our yesteryear, Puddles of Ithaca provides this opportunity. Enjoy!
    Dr. Douglas L. Hazen
    Published by Xlibris Publishing and Illustrated by

Richard R. Davison (Ricky), Puddles of Ithaca

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Puddles of Ithaca – Richard R. Davison : Xlibris…


The home of the Guerlac family in Ithaca, New York.  It was the place of major neighborhood gatherings and fun for children and pets.  Puddles would follow little Ricky there and join Sophie (the Guerlac family’s poodle), and all the children from nearby homes would play all summer long.


Puddles of Ithaca Reviews

***** Five Star *****
Customer Reviews

Puddles of Ithaca, Richard R. Davison, Author, Illustrator, Publisher


Puddles of Ithaca is a book for young and old alike to embrace. The book illustrations enhance the story of Puddles’ arrival in the life of a young boy and Puddles’ impact on the entire family. You will return to Puddles of Ithaca, again and again, to read about the antics of a pup that have a profound impact on the entire family. This is definitely a story to be cherished and reread for generations to come, a timeless story of love, friendship and the added dimension that a four-legged friend can have upon our lives. A definite addition to any child’s library.

Michele Starkey


There is much more in this book than you would think at first glance. The author created this book from his youngest reminiscences and this book will create memories in the minds of children and adults about how important pets are in our lives. This book is also a great read aloud; I can still hear my mother’s voice as she read her stories aloud to me and it’s something I have always valued, but even more now that she is not here anymore. Sharing a book with a child creates great memories. Puddles of Ithaca, by Richard R. Davison it is a delightful book and I encourage anyone with children to purchase it. I’ll be hoping for a follow up book for this story to find out more about Puddles.

Luz Mary Luis


I was tremendously surprised and impressed by the quality of the book (softcover) when it arrived in the mail. As I began to read the story of Puddles, I was caught up in the smooth progression of events. As a retired English teacher, I surprised myself as to how much I wanted to keep turning the page. It is an intriguing, heart warming story which will capture the reader’s heart. Bravo for the author.

Jackie Williams


The story of Puddles is about a dog’s caring and loyalty to his family and his sense of adventure. It brings back memories of how things were in a small town when dogs and children could disappear from their homes for hours and find all kinds of fun activities in the neighborhood and only return home at dinner time. The author’s daily activities as a child in Ithaca are interwoven with the dog’s. I recommend this book for its depiction of a loved pet and his grateful family in a simpler time. It is absolutely charming and it’s a true story, which makes it even better!

Christine Tomovich, one of Puddles’ neighbors


Puddles Liked Waterfalls

stock-footage-a-wide-waterfall-flows-over-rock-ledges-in-ithaca-falls-new-yorkMy Puddles of Ithaca had access to places like this, in the photo:  Waterfalls.  All she had to do was take off and go in back of the Ithaca College Infirmary near woods on our street, Willets Place, off East Buffalo Street in Ithaca, and go down the trails to the water, the paths, and then relax in the cool water and view the beautiful sights.  Ithaca College was, in those years, on East Hill, and is now on South Hill.  Both Ithaca College and Cornell University dorms,  fraternities and sororities surrounded us, plus wonderful neighbors who helped make our childhood years like none other!  This waterfall is a symbol of all the waterfalls one can find in Ithaca and the surrounding areas.  This type of scene holds many memories for all of us who were children (and pets) in beautiful Ithaca, New York.

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