A “perfect pet” story from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Sandra is growing up on a desert ranch surrounded by animals, but she wants one to have her very own pet. A tortoise isn’t really friendly, a little rabbit is too fearful, and a young coyote howls to rejoin his pack. A bobcat almost fits the bill, but soon grows too big and fierce to be a housecat. Sandra’s parents let her learn for herself that these animals are best suited to the wild, though it is often hard to let them go. Finally, a smiley little stray dog finds Sandra. Sandra names the dog Susie, and the two become wonderful friends.
Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), Associate Justice, was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. As a child, she rode and hunted, learned about farming and how to raise cattle, and got to know and appreciate the wide variety of wild, indigenous animals around her family’s ranch. Young Sandra really did have a pet bobcat, tortoise, and a darling dog named Susie who became her most cherished animal friend. Justice O’Connor received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She married John Jay O’Connor III in 1952. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat as the first female Justice on September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006. She has three sons—Scott, Brian, and Jay—and resides in Phoenix, AZ.
Review, The New York Times Book Review, August 16, 2009: "Engaging."
Finding Susie by Sandra Day O'Connor; illustrated by Tom Pohrt