The Dog Who Belonged to No One

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A timeless tale of friendship by New York Times bestselling author Amy Hest.

Once there was a small dog with

crooked ears. He belonged to no one.

And once there was a wisp of a girl

named Lia. . . .

The dog who belonged to no one spent

his days quite alone. . . . He longed...

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A timeless tale of friendship by New York Times bestselling author Amy Hest.

Once there was a small dog with

crooked ears. He belonged to no one.

And once there was a wisp of a girl

named Lia. . . .

The dog who belonged to no one spent

his days quite alone. . . . He longed for a friend.

No one takes notice of a small dog with crooked ears who doesn’t have a home. He explores the narrow streets and wide boulevards every day, while across town a little girl named Lia pedals on her bicycle alone, delivering breads and cakes. Both dream of finding a friend, until fate brings them together.

With lyrical text by New York Times bestselling author Amy Hest and tender watercolors by illustrator Amy Bates, The Dog Who Belonged to No One introduces readers to two timeless characters who will touch hearts as they discover how they belong to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In this old-fashioned, heart-warming story, the lives of a dog that belongs to no one and a little girl named Lia intersect. The lonely dog tries to be helpful around town. Lia, whose parents are bakers, helps in her own way by delivering the baked goods on her bicycle on Sundays. As day turns into night, the dog shivers alone while Lia, tired from her long day of riding, climbs into bed alone. One stormy Sunday, each of them is cold, soaked and shivering. They arrive at Lia's house, where her parents are waiting. Together Lia and the dog discover warmth, food, and rest. Each has found a friend…"and they belonged to each other…" The sentimental journey is begun on the front of the cover, with the pencil and watercolor portrait of the appealing pup and on the back cover with the new friends on the bicycle. Some text is framed in decorative borders, while many scenes are spread over two pages; a few vignettes detail simultaneous actions. Naturalistic details of architecture, town life and period clothing make for a believable time and place. Lia herself is a charming heroine. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

In this old-fashioned tale, two lonely souls set out on a heartfelt quest to find a true friend. A chipper little dog with crooked ears, who is "a perfectly nice fellow," travels from town to town looking for "a porch with a soft light" and hoping one day to belong to someone. At the same time, "a wisp of a girl" named Lia spends her Sundays on her bicycle, delivering her parents' baked goods throughout the town. She pedals up high hills past other children playing outside and tells herself stories to offset her sense of isolation. "The stories were like friends on her long ride to town." On a stormy day, both Lia and the dog are caught in a drenching rain. The pup runs and runs while the girl pedals and pedals through the bad weather, each racing toward the edge of town where Lia's parents wait on their softly lit porch. Lia and the little dog rush inside where they find bread and cake and warm towels. So begins a lasting friendship. The pencil and watercolor illustrations, featuring a palette of golden earth tones, echo the gentle sentiment of the narrative. Lia in her blue dress, pinafore, and jaunty cap and the bright-eyed little dog evoke tender sympathy. Pair this sweet title with Jill Newsome's Night Walk (Clarion, 2002).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Hardworking girl meets scruffily cute mutt. Book design, with vintage type and text boxed like silent-movie title cards, combines with Bates's elegant watercolors to give readers an immediate period feel. The small brown-and-white "dog with crooked ears" curiously wanders the streets while a somber little girl named Lia works hard at her family's bakery on the edge of town. She delivers fresh baked goods every Sunday on her bicycle, as difficult and exhausting as it sounds, and one Sunday, it starts to rain. Lia pedals home quickly, and the dog races through the storm to find a comfy niche. They nearly collide but, following an instinct, the dog dashes ahead to the bakery, where both are given food and warm towels. From then on, Lia has a faithful companion. Careful parallel storytelling and beautifully paced page turns allow both text and illustrations to develop the characters, establishing both worth and loneliness, so the inevitable happy ending satisfies thoroughly. It's a warm, well-appointed tale; both author and illustrator show a keen eye for detail. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810994836
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 245,718
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hest is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Kiss Good Night as well as When Jessie Came Across the Sea, for which she was the recipient of the Christopher Medal. She lives in New York City. Amy Bates is the illustrator of Hair for Mama, Pumpkin Cat, and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer early reader series. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    One of the most beautifully illistrated and tender books that I've read.

    This book is visually so beautiful. Amy paint the pictures of true love. I am touched every time I read this story and love to lose myself in the pages. Truely such a lovely book.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Nice illustrations

    It's a sweet story with nice illustrations. Story was a little too simplistic. It's just an ok book. Bought it to use in class, but probably won't.

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