Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

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by Bill Wallace
     
 

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Christmas is quickly approaching and twelve-year-old Don Franklin should be excited, but something is wrong. Times are tough, and he's not sure his family will have enough money to spare to celebrate the way they always have. His dog, Frank, thinks worrying is a waste of time, especially when Don could be scratching his ears. And his little sister, Susan, is sure that…  See more details below

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Christmas is quickly approaching and twelve-year-old Don Franklin should be excited, but something is wrong. Times are tough, and he's not sure his family will have enough money to spare to celebrate the way they always have. His dog, Frank, thinks worrying is a waste of time, especially when Don could be scratching his ears. And his little sister, Susan, is sure that Santa will bring the gift she wants, but she won't tell anyone what it is. Told in alternating voices by a boy and his dog, this homespun novel is Bill Wallace at his best.

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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:
9781416948162
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
599,431
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace is the beloved children's author of such popular titles as "A Dog Called Kitty" and "Coyote Autumn". He is a two-time winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. He lives in Chickasha, Oklahoma, with his family. Find out more on his website at www.wallacebooks.com.

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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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