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Francis, the Earthquake Dog

Francis, the Earthquake Dog

by Judith R. Enderle, Brooke Scudder, Stephanie Jacob Gordon
     
 
Based on the true story of a small terrier that was mysteriously found in the basement of the fire damaged St. Francis Hotel, this charming story, illustrated with vibrant paintings, includes an afterword about what to do in an earthquake and historical notes on the Great San Francisco Earthquake. Full color.

Overview

Based on the true story of a small terrier that was mysteriously found in the basement of the fire damaged St. Francis Hotel, this charming story, illustrated with vibrant paintings, includes an afterword about what to do in an earthquake and historical notes on the Great San Francisco Earthquake. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Extrapolating from a historical tidbit related to the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Enderle and Tessler (co-authors of Dear Timothy Tibbitts) produce only a bland tale. Their story begins on the night before the quake, at the St. Francis Hotel, when Edward, the son of the hotel chef, brings a stray terrier into the kitchen. The dog runs amok and disappears into the hotel, where he's quickly forgotten by all but Edward. Enderle and Tessler dilute the terror of the eventual quake by focusing on the boy's concern for the dog. However, their flat narration arouses little sympathy for Edward ("[Edward's] heart was racing. The little dog was in big trouble now. Woof! Woof! Woof! barked the little dog"). Scudder (Island Barbecue) contributes similarly wooden illustrations; her purposefully nave brushstrokes don't lend themselves to detail work, and her oversaturated fuchsia, vermilion and aquamarine palette looks bleary rather than bright. The book concludes with a brief, non-frightening "All about Earthquakes" wrap-up and eight tips for earthquake safety, making a final appeal to the human fascination with natural disasters. In all, no great shakes. Ages 2-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Set in San Francisco in 1906, this story begins when Edward saves a stray dog from the wheels of a vegetable cart and takes him to the famed St. Francis Hotel, where the boy's father, a chef, is overseeing preparations for a party for Enrico Caruso. But the terrier escapes in the hotel (at one point sharing an elevator with the renowned singer) and can't be found again. Later that night, while Edward and Papa sleep in their boarding house, the earthquake hits. Even in the chaos of the tent city at Golden Gate Park following the disaster, Edward worries about the lost dog. Some time later, the boy and his father return to the hotel and hear a familiar barking from under the rubble, which makes for a satisfying and happy ending. Based on fact, these events are fleshed out in a lively way. The pace is brisk yet doesn't omit the type of detail that makes a story appealing. Scudder's paintings are spectacular, with rich, glowing colors and interesting compositions and viewpoints. They have a cubist, two-dimensional look that is characterized by heavy graceful lines and rhythmic forms and patterns. However, as lovely as they are, the stylized illustrations are not strong on emotion or suspense, both of which are sorely lacking in the story. An unusual addition by a promising artist.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Ilene Cooper
The authors use the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as a backdrop and incorporate into their story a true incident in which a dog was found in the St. Francis hotel after the quake. Edward saves a dog from a runaway cart, but when he takes it back to the St. Francis, where his father works as a chef, the dog disappears. The story is a bit disjointed; if kids don't know the earthquake is coming, they will be surprised when this turns from a tale about a missing dog into a natural disaster story. Edward and his father live in a survivor's camp, but the boy doesn't forget the dog. When they return to the hotel, they hear barking; and happily, the pup is found--and named Francis. It's the unusual artwork that makes this story. Scudder's pictures have a look and sensibility similar to Maira Kalman's. Here, though, the pictures are more refined, executed in smooth, rich colors, giving the art an almost air-brushed look. An unusual, attractive choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811806305
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.33(w) x 9.93(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

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