Front Cover

ROXIE THE DOXIE
THE NEW DOG AT SCHOOL

By Jody A. Dean, Ph.D.
Illustrated by Ronaldo Florendo

When Roxie’s first day at her new school arrives, she has worries. Will she make friends? How long will she be there? Is her teacher nice? Despite her mom’s reassurances, Roxie leaves her sister Mina and nervously sets out for her first few days of class. Join Roxie’s heartwarming adventure as she navigates making new friends, exploring a new classroom, and learning to overcome her fears.

This delightful book follows Roxie the fun-loving dachshund in her adventure at her new school. Penned by Roxie’s real-life adoptive mother, psychologist with almost three decades of experience, Jody Dean, this reassuring story will help children make their first steps towards the classroom door.

"This book can help children and adults realize, that with open communication and guidance from positive mentors, even a seemingly overwhelming task such as getting through “the first day” can be pleasant! As a professional and mother of two, I know that it is sometimes parents who struggle more with containing their emotions on “the first day” than their own children. I highly recommend this book to any age group as it helps process a very common emotion in a tender and therapeutic manner."

~Theresa N. Villaflores, MD
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Includes: Parent Conversation Guide for parents and caregivers

Roxie the Doxie comes with a guide for parents written by a clinician in non clinical terms, to help parents or any caregivers successfully guide a child through their first days at school, or their first days at a new school, or a school with a new peer group. The guide offers questions to ask a child, things to expect, and what to do if a caregiver feels things are not progressing in the way they had hoped. e’s first day at her new school arrives, she has worries. Will she make friends? How long will she be there? Is her teacher nice? Despite her mom’s reassurances, Roxie leaves her sister Mina and nervously sets out for her first few days of class. Join Roxie’s heartwarming adventure as she navigates making new friends, exploring a new classroom, and learning to overcome her fears.

Children can immediately contact Roxie at Meet the Real Roxie.

Why I Wrote ROXIE the DOXIE

By Jody A. Dean

Roxie is my 6-year old dapple-colored dachshund who lived with another family until I "rescued" her into my family of two other dogs about four years ago. The idea to use Roxie’s numerous experiences to help kids and teens navigate their difficult life-situations came to me in two ways:

  • First, as I watched Roxie’s confidence grow and her personality bloom while she successfully integrated into my home with the other dogs – she changed from being under-socialized to now, a very social happy dog, especially during her obedience and socialization classes. Roxie has gone on to win many American Kennel Club titles at dachshund competitions.
  • Second, from my work as a psychologist working for 28 years with kids and adolescents – watching them suffer, often in silence, as they went through difficult life-experiences feeling isolated and alone.

Roxie the Doxie serves as a living, breathing mascot for kids and teens facing fear yet having the courage to move forward, try new things, work hard and persevere. In today’s world full of social media influences, mixed messages about who we are, school bullies, increasing isolation, higher rates of childhood and teenaged depression and anxiety, Roxie shows that in real life, it’s okay to be scared and still move forward.

Often, kids use animals in books to express their feelings, by talking about how the characters in the book feel and how the kids might feel in their place. The Roxie the Doxie books give everyone who is going through a difficult time or situation an animal friend who understands how they feel. Roxie will even answer their email if they wish to talk to her (see Meet the Real Roxie for details)