Herbert: The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog

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A boy never gives up hope when his little dog vanishes at sea in this suspenseful and heartwarming true-life adventure.

Herbert was a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him best of all was Tim. One fine day, Herbert sets off on a boat with Tim’s father. But without warning, a storm crashes in — and so begins the biggest adventure of Herbert’s life. This stirring true story, written and illustrated by Robyn Belton, tells the remarkable ...

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Overview

A boy never gives up hope when his little dog vanishes at sea in this suspenseful and heartwarming true-life adventure.

Herbert was a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him best of all was Tim. One fine day, Herbert sets off on a boat with Tim’s father. But without warning, a storm crashes in — and so begins the biggest adventure of Herbert’s life. This stirring true story, written and illustrated by Robyn Belton, tells the remarkable tale of a young boy’s beloved dog and his real-life adventure at sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A small dog named Herbert lives with his loving master, young Tim, in Nelson, New Zealand. One day, Tim's father and two friends set off in a small boat through the dangerous French Pass to a cottage in the Marlborough Sounds. Herbert jumps on board, although Tim and his mother are going more safely by road. As they navigate through a sudden storm, the men on the boat do not notice that Herbert has fallen into the sea. By the time they do, the tide has turned and they cannot go back to look for him. They think he is lost, but Tim is sure he is still alive. The next day, after a long search, they find Herbert—miraculously, still swimming. The endpages look like a scrapbook, replete with maps, photographs, letters, and more to reinforce the factual background of the story. The naturalistic scenes, created in pencils and watercolors on double pages, emphasize the drama and the melodrama of the storm at sea. Tim's pain at the loss of Herbert is apparent. We share his joy in the final scenes of rescue and reunion. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3—Tim's dog Herbert was well loved by the people in Nelson, New Zealand. After he was washed overboard during a storm at sea, Tim insisted on searching for him even when all of the adults lost hope. Miraculously, the animal withstood the rages of the open water for 30 hours. He was rescued by Tim and his fisherman friends and was awarded the "Iron Dog Award" for bravery. This book is beautiful from cover to cover. Endpapers are a scrapbook of maps, photographs, letters, and newspaper articles related to this event, and loose pencil and watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of the work of Robert McCloskey, evoke a gentle time and place. That the story is true makes it inspirational, and the simple telling makes it ideal for reading aloud or one-on-one, over and over.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Jim McMullan
Belton wisely uses sketchy yet realistic drawings to move us through the story to reach its dramatic and heartwarming conclusion. The effect of the art is filmic, in that one image points forward to the next, and also emotional. For all the art's looseness, it manages to capture tender details. …This is a true adventure yarn that is well matched to its straight-ahead illustrations.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763647414
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 877,625
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Belton is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished illustrators of children’s books. She is the illustrator of Virginia Kroll’s MARTA AND THE MANGER STRAW and has won the NEW ZEALAND POST Children’s Book Award and the Margaret Mahy Medal. She lives in New Zealand.

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