The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

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by Bill Wallace
     
 

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The Nose Knows

Don Franklin's dog, Frank, is a bloodhound, so he can smell when something's wrong. And a lot seems to be wrong in Don's family. Mom and Dad are worried about money, especially with Christmas right around the corner and the threat of the mine closing. Don's worried because he's just discovered how dangerous Dad's

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The Nose Knows

Don Franklin's dog, Frank, is a bloodhound, so he can smell when something's wrong. And a lot seems to be wrong in Don's family. Mom and Dad are worried about money, especially with Christmas right around the corner and the threat of the mine closing. Don's worried because he's just discovered how dangerous Dad's job in the mine is. And they're all worried about getting Don's little sister, Susan, what she wants for Christmas, when she won't tell anyone but Santa Claus what it is. It looks as if Christmas might not be all that merry at the Franklins' house.

But Christmas is a time for miracles, whether seen from a boy's perspective or a dog's — and The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa looks at the Franklins' Christmas miracle from both.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Pervasive worry plagues young and old when labor unrest and an imminent strike threaten an Oklahoma coal-mining town during the 1957 Christmas season. The tale is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of 11-year-old Don Franklin, whose father works in the mine, and his nosy bloodhound, Frank, who has an uncanny ability to sense human emotion and behavior (including lies). Though the plot is slightly far-fetched, Wallace's folksy tone deftly captures the sense of place and time right down to the tiny town's switchboard-operated telephone. This is a satisfying feel-good story involving a protective pooch and a family Christmas miracle. Dog lovers are sure to enjoy it.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Though the title is a tad misleading, this is a story of a loving, down-on-their-luck family with an extraordinary dog. Set in a small mining town in the 1950s, the story is told in alternating chapters between the dog's perspective and the 11-year-old Don's point of view. As Christmas approaches, it's clear that the townsfolk are worried because half the mine is closed. Frank, the hound, can smell everything from raccoons to emotions, and he can detect the strong scent of worry from his family. Don and his parents are trying to determine what Susan (six years old) wants for Christmas, but she refuses to reveal her secret wish. While the family busies itself making Christmas special, Frank, pitching in, tries to acquire what Don wants most. Good luck befalls the family when a stranger offers Dad, who has a talent for predicting the weather, a job that will keep him above ground and Christmas morning reveals a mysterious, tiny gift. This is a homespun tale with a hint of Christianity that extols the essence of Christmas, loyalty and familial love, dog included. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421145
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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Dog Who Thought He Was Santa 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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It's a delightful read for children who are eight to twelve. Dog lovers will enjoy it, too.
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