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Children's LiteratureLetters tell the story of Owney, a dog who became the mascot of the Albany, New York post office in 1888. Owney was a stray that wandered into the post office and wound up accompanying mailbags on trains and then sailing around the world as a postal system mascot. He was known as the "Greatest Dog Traveler in the World." Newspapers vividly followed Owney's adventures. This scrappy canine's irresistible spirit won hearts wherever he went. Piecing together the facts of Owney's exciting life, Irene Kelly has written letters, telegrams, and newspaper accounts that tell a colorful story about a captivating nineteenth-century celebrity. There is a very good "Author's Note" in the back that tells the facts and what the author added. It is an interesting story, especially for dog lovers. Even though the intent was to make the letters close to the originals in type and maybe color, interesting text used in a good way may be more effective in attracting readers. A clever adult can turn this into a wonderful sharing experience. The book may need some promotion—whether it is a teacher or another person—unless a child who is a dog enthusiast finds it. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 5 to 8.