Catie Copley's Great Escape

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Catie Copley is a black Labrador retriever who lives an unusual life as Canine Ambassador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Her job includes welcoming guests, taking them for walks, and helping Jim at his job as the hotel's Chief Concierge. Santol, who trained as a guide dog, just like Catie, is her canine counterpart at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada.

Catie, a very lady-like dog, is surprised when, one ...
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Catie Copley is a black Labrador retriever who lives an unusual life as Canine Ambassador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Her job includes welcoming guests, taking them for walks, and helping Jim at his job as the hotel's Chief Concierge. Santol, who trained as a guide dog, just like Catie, is her canine counterpart at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada.

Catie, a very lady-like dog, is surprised when, one day, a large, furry, black-and-white intruder snatches her toy lobster and runs away with it. She is taken aback, but once she gets to know the rambunctious Santol they become firm friends. When Jim drives Santol back to Canada, Catie is very excited to go too.

This is Catie's first vacation and her first time in a strange city where they speak a different language. Santol introduces her to a famous goat, a friendly horse, a clumsy juggler, and intriguing new foods and smells. Catie finds that there is a lot of opportunity for adventure... maybe a little too much adventure.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book in America will be donated to NEADS / Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Since 1976, NEADS has trained more than 1,000 service dogs to assist deaf or physically disabled individuals. For more information, please visit neads.org. A portion of the Canadian proceeds will be donated to mira, based near Montreal, Canada. The mira Foundation trains more than 150 guide dogs each year to help people with visual, auditory, and physical disabilites. To learn more, visit mira.ca.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
A black female Labrador retriever named Catie lived a busy and familiar life. One day an unfamiliar face met hers in the lobby of the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston inviting her to play. His name was Santol, a furry black and white guide dog that worked at the Chateau Frontenac Hotel, in Quebec City, Canada. When Catie's best friend, Jim the concierge, took her and Santol for a walk, Santol met some of Catie's friends and smelt the new scents of the city. The time came when the hyper-energetic canine had to depart. Instead of saying her good-byes, Catie was surprised with an invitation to travel along. Santol's home was filled with unfamiliar faces, smells, and even foods. The people spoke a different language and used different forms of transportation. When the visit became scary and overwhelming, Catie realized that there is no place like home. Kovacs captures the life, emotions, and thoughts of two fictional characters by an exceptional use of descriptive vocabulary. According to Catie, "[Santol and I] played a long game of Chase Me, Chase You. By the end, we were completely pooped. And Santol and I were pals." The reader will experience life through the eyes of man's best friend as Catie encounters a new great adventure. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Catie is back, and this time the black Lab makes a new friend. Santol is a trained seeing-eye dog who works as the canine ambassador at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, just as Catie does in Boston, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Her visitor spends a fun day with Catie and her person playing on Boston Common. The next day, when Jim drives Santol home, Catie goes along. In Quebec, Santol shows his guest his city and introduces her to his friends. In the evening, Catie is frightened by the sounds of fireworks and runs away. Luckily, she meets the cart horse and driver who are Santol's friends, and they escort her back to his hotel. Kovacs again mixes fact about these real-life animals and fiction. Williams's cheery illustrations aptly depict the action. The text is a bit long and dry for storytime but might work one-on-one.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567923797
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,378,736
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Kovacs is the author of more than thirty children's books. She lives in Massachusetts with her family and a husky-shepherd mix called Kai.

Jared T. Williams has illustrated seven books about dogs, and lives in Boston with his wife, Martha, and son, Silas. There is definitely a dog somewhere in the future.
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