Ginger (Dog Diaries Series #1)

Ginger (Dog Diaries Series #1)

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by Kate Klimo, Tim Jessell
     
 

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For anyone who has ever wanted a puppy, the DOG DIARIES series tells a dog's story in a new way--from a dog's point of view! Focusing on a different breed for each book, these stories are based on true dog stories or on true-to-life situations. With realistic black-and-white illustrations by renowned illustrator Tim Jessel and a factual appendix, dog-loving early

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For anyone who has ever wanted a puppy, the DOG DIARIES series tells a dog's story in a new way--from a dog's point of view! Focusing on a different breed for each book, these stories are based on true dog stories or on true-to-life situations. With realistic black-and-white illustrations by renowned illustrator Tim Jessel and a factual appendix, dog-loving early chapter book readers will beg for more!

Born in a puppy mill, Ginger the golden retriever looks back on her life and the various people who have "owned" her. Abruptly separated from her mother, littermates, and the wire cage that was her whole world, Ginger is shuttled from one harrowing situation to another until she finally escapes, living as an outlaw with a pack of wild dogs. But freedom doesn't feel so good once she becomes hungry and cold and sick. Will Ginger ever find a furever family to call her own?

Appendix features information about puppy mills, breed rescue groups, animal shelters, choosing a pet, and the history of golden retrievers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ginger, a guileless and energetic golden retriever, shares her peripatetic story in this spirited and occasionally heavy-handed first book in the Dog Diaries series. Born in a puppy mill, Ginger is transported to a pet store and separated from her litter mates; a couple buys her as a Christmas gift for their toddler. After the tyke bangs Ginger’s tail with a toy hammer, the puppy gives the boy’s hand “just the tiniest nip, enough to let him know not to try that again.” It’s also enough to convince the boy’s parents to take Ginger to an animal shelter. Following an ill-fated adoption, Ginger escapes and lives with a pack of wild dogs until a kindly man who rescues dogs takes her in. The novel has heart as well as a mission: in addition to Ginger’s heart-tugging recounting of maltreatment and misunderstandings, Klimo (the Dragon Keepers series) includes none-too-subtle lectures from veterinarians and other dog-loving adults, and an appendix offers information about golden retrievers, puppy mills, animal shelters, and choosing a dog. Simultaneously available: Buddy. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Ginger, a golden retriever, is the product of a brutal puppy mill, inauspicious beginnings that don't improve much. Taken from her pathetically ill-treated mother, Ginger is brought to a pet shop where she's bought by a shallow couple as an inappropriate Christmas present for their 2-year-old son. Acting as puppies do, Ginger gets herself in enough trouble that she's turned over to an animal shelter. Then she's taken in by a kindly man who understands her needs but--inevitably--leaves her with an irresponsible pet sitter. Eventually, she ends up on the streets with a group of feral dogs. After getting passed to a pet rescuer, things finally begin to look up for Ginger, providing a final object lesson on what constitutes a good pet home. While Ginger's first-person narration is relatively believable, the plot seems driven by the need to inform young readers about the many pitfalls mistreated pets encounter, rather than by the desire to tell a good story. But including such a wide range of unfortunate situations diminishes the separate impact of each one, since there is only room to lightly sketch them in this brief chapter book. Attractive, realistic drawings in each chapter fully capture Ginger's placid nature. Assisted by Ginger's attractively gentle voice, pet lovers may be willing to overlook the sometimes heavy-handed narrative. (history of golden retriever breed, information on puppy mills, rescue groups, animal shelters, and how to choose a dog.) (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307978998
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
Dog Diaries Series, #1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
164,188
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

KATE KLIMO is the author of many books for young readers, including The Dragon Keepers and all the books in the Dog Dairies series. She lives in New Paltz with her husband and two horses, Harry and Fancy. Over the years, she has served as companion to eight dogs: Pal, Beauregard, Fred, Kelly, Bear, Rascal, Dobey, and George W. Currently, she is searching for a furever friend who gets along well with horses. To learn more about her and her work, visit www.kateklimo.com.

TIM JESSELL is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous children's books. He is the illustrator of all the books in the Dog Diaries series. Check out his work at timjessell.com.

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Ginger (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it totally recomend it for dog lovers of all ages!!!! Cant wait to read book 2 and 3!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for animal lovers. Even though it was 66 pages long i do not care at all and i think it was rude of people to say the it was not good because of how long it was they should have kept it to themselves! I thought that it was an amazing book. I cannot wait to read book number 2 next. Even though it is so hard to wait for a book that u know will be absolutly incredcredible it will always pay off (even if u have to wait one whole stinkin year to order than receive it)trust me i could read 24/7 if i had enough books and enough time:) i hope u plan to write more books on dogs or on any other animal (possibly a horse cause it is my favorite animal)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the greatest in the series, but i wont tell you why because that would spoil the story;) happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was or i should say is a good book i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls out his escavelier and accelgor and carracosta and mega aerodactyl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good totally recamended this book is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do u want she asked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ginger" is the story about a Golden Retriever who was born in a puppy mill. At a young age, she was separated from her mother and her siblings. She was adopted by a family with a young boy. But the child was only a toddler. While Ginger was playing with the boy, he hit Ginger and Ginger nipped him. Ginger was then given to a shelter. A very nice man adopted her then. But he was called away for his mother was very ill. He never came back. He hired a dogsitter. To the dog the dogsitter was a tyrant! Yelling, not taking her for daily walks, and making a show while cleaning after Ginger's business. One day the dogsitter didn't come back. Ginger escaped through the window and, not meaning to, joined a stray dog clan. She was rescued by one of the nice ladies from the shelter. Ginger was then given to a special clinic. A nice man there made sure that all dogs and cats at the clinic went to good homes. She was adopted by a family with a nine year old boy. Ginger even saved him from almost being drowned. Their next door neighbor was also nine and a girl. At the end of the story she gets a dog and it is Ginger's brother! Ginger has finally found her fur-ever family. If you need any reviews for any of the Dog Diaries and the Horse Diaries just reply to Official Rewiew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im bored thought Ginger. So she went to get captured and escaped became sick and couldve died. For more like this search dog diaries. ~ Frecklepaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got sample- awsome book!! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book plus i love dogs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it over and over again. Must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love dogs but i have no money to buy this.is it free?.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked at the kit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The small tom looked around the nursery, in search of something to quench his boredom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Tom nodded...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hey...any body gona let me in your pack..." I said pawing a firefly. I let out a loud meow. A wollf barked. Another one growled. "O no!" Moondancer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read this book.Have you read the book, Barry?( Have you seen the movie Frozen yet? It's asome!(LOVE IT!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join