Ellie’s Story, A Dog’s Purpose Novel
by W. Bruce Cameron
A Starscape Book, 2015
Ellie, a German Shepard, tells her story from the time she was a pup through her experiences as a trained search and rescue dog. She shares how she was trained. She shares the excitement and stress of searches, when lives are at stake and everyone is counting on her nose. And she shares the thrill and importance of her being a chopper dog. All part of her work, she shares the loss of her trainer when he is injured in a rescue and her own injury while on a rescue. A heart-warming and a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat story.
Readers will develop their own thinking skills as they read how Ellie thinks through challenging situations.
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
Told in 34 words and the simplest of drawings, readers are introduced to a playful puppy named Smick. Eager to run, Smick chases after and returns a stick, until he hears a ‘cluck’, a new sound to the puppy. Curious, he investigates, while his master calls out “No, Smick, no!” afraid Smick might hurt the tiny chick. But, alas, the chick and Smick become friends and chase sticks together! A fun story. One a young one can use as a first reader. With 20 of the 34 words rhyming, a child will delight in the fun sounds.
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Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm
By Jon Katz
Henry Holt and Company, 2011
With truly an eye for the picture and a heart for dogs, best-selling adult author Jon Katz brings the two together in his first picture book for children, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He gently tells the story of how his four dogs came to join him at Bedlam Farm and what jobs they do. Through brilliant photo journalism and masterful storytelling, we see Border Collie Rose in the snow herding sheep. We see Border Collie Izzy, who was abandoned and alone until he joined Bedlam Farm, comfort sick people. We see Frieda, part Rottweiler and part German Shepherd and formerly a wild dog, protect the farm from foxes and coyotes. In each dog’s photo story we see Lenore, and throughout the story Katz asks: What is Lenore’s job?
Black Labrador retriever Lenore “…licks the other dogs, touches noses and wags her tail. She makes sure everyone is happy.” She’s the one that tamed Frieda, comforted a frightened Izzy and taught a hard-working Rose how to play. “Her job is loving and accepting and having patience.” “Thanks to Lenore, the dogs are a family.” Katz’ book is an ideal book for dog lovers, the perfect book for any young child.
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Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
By Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
Clarion Books, 2013
I can’t decide which I love the most, the clever, fun rhymes, the twists in the story, the surprise at the end, or the cute dawg running through the scenes. It’s got it all going for it. The lively rhyme and the jump off the page illustrations will hold the attention of the liveliest youngster. A great book for active boys.
The story goes like this: When Cowpoke Clyde, whose house is immaculate, spies dirty dawg, he determines dirty dawg needs a cleaning and a raucous romp through the ranch pursues. Surprises and laughter ensue as Cowpoke Clyde tries to outsmart the dawg, but the dawg is stubborn, and doesn’t like to be told what to do…. A fun read with a surprising and satisfying ending.
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The Forever Dog
by Bill Cochran
illustrated by Dan Andreasen
An especially moving story about a boy who loses his dog. Author Bill Cochran is outstanding at explaining to a youngster about death and how to handle its powerful emotions. This is a must read for young ones who have lost their best friend. Illustrator Dan Andreasen captures the love and warmth the story calls for; beautifully rendered.
Mike gets a pup named Corky and they do everything together. They even promise they would be best friends forever. Mike comes home from school one day and Corky doesn’t greet him. His mom tells him he was sick and is staying overnight at the vets. A morning call lets them know Corky passed.
Mike is deeply hurt; ‘His heart sank lower than it had ever been before.’ Then Mike was mad at Corky for breaking his promise. After about a week he shares Corky’s broken promise and he and his mom talk about how Corky will be there forever, it’s just different. When Mike asks why it hurts so bad, Mom suggests Corky’s trying to get comfortable in his new home: Mike’s heart.
“The Forever Dog” was named among the Top Children’s Books of 2007 by the Cooperate Children’s Book Center.
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Boodil My Dog
by Pija Lindenbaum (Sweden)
translated by Gabrielle Charbonnet
Henry Holt and Company, 1992
A hilarious and delightful read, Boodil’s owner is proud of her “perfect”, “protective” and “brilliant” bull terrier, but the illustrations tell us just the opposite.
The book opens with “This is Boodil, my dog. She’s sleeping in her favorite chair. My dad used to think it was his chair but he knows better now.” What we see is a chair with a blanket covering it, with the tip of a dog’s nose poking out from beneath the blanket. The next page says, “Her guard is never down.” And Boodil is asleep on the chair, offering her belly and so relaxed, her head almost reaches the floor, not exactly the pose of a guard dog. Each page shows absurd juxtaposition of illustrations and text. Written and illustrated by Pija Lindenbaum, Stockholm Sweden; Gabrielle Charbonnet translated this delightful story. Out of print, but available at many libraries and on Amazon.
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