Mercy: The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals- A Review

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Mercy: The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals

Written By: Nancy Furstinger

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2016)

This book confused me. I get that animal were mistreated before Henry’s time. It’s cool with me that he put the kibosh on that and also decided that hey human children also should not be abused. Beyond that, this story is wordy and just too long. The formatting is messed up in some sections with the sidebars and captions either empty or not related to what else is on the page.

I thought some of the descriptions were pretty graphic for middle-grade readers. I would hesitate before handing it over to my 11yo despite the cover which makes it look friendlier than the content actually is.

Should you buy it?

Nah- It’s a library title that an older reader could pick it up as an introduction to the source of the ASPCA.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review it for the 2016 Cybils Awards.