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Dirt is riddled with old bones to chew.

What is it about dogs that fascinates us? Is it their humor, stubbornness, charm, greed? Is it their loyalty, nobility, naughtiness, haughtiness? Is it simply their abiding love? It's all this and more. Through poems and paintings, Shadow, Rufus, Mutterly, and more than forty others become utterly ...

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Overview

Digging is a thing I love to do.
Dirt is riddled with old bones to chew.

What is it about dogs that fascinates us? Is it their humor, stubbornness, charm, greed? Is it their loyalty, nobility, naughtiness, haughtiness? Is it simply their abiding love? It's all this and more. Through poems and paintings, Shadow, Rufus, Mutterly, and more than forty others become utterly irresistible—revealing the very essence of dog. •Features 43 poems celebrating a child's best friend • Includes illustrations of more than 40 breeds of dogs

Presents forty-two poems--some funny, some poignant and philosophical--about dogs and their attributes, including their loyalty to people, their love of food and smells, and their varied appearances and personalities.

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Children's Literature
This inspired collaboration of author and illustrator brings us poems and paintings about dogs by a team able to make their canine love palpable. Each of the more than forty poems celebrates a particular known dog with an ear for its uniqueness and an eye for character. The dogs become people in their own right, from the first dog, who "moved close/ to the fire. / It was faithful/ and stayed" to the mutt that's loved "utterly" to the dog at the pound whose eyes speak "what we cannot bear/ to know..." to the last critter seen, an Arctic dog baying at the moon who "remembers he is/ wolf." A wry, satisfying book that will even provide adults with food for thought. 2000, Harcourt Inc., $16.00. Ages 4 up. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
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Gr 4-8-"Silent as smoke/it moved close/to the fire./It was faithful/and stayed." Johnston's fine panoply of dog poems introduces "The First Dog" and eventually circles around to that dog that "knows a phantom/life./At moonrise/he remembers he is/wolf." Like the canines they celebrate, the poems are of varied size and shape. Rhymed quatrains, haiku, blank verse, and even doggerel find a place in the choir, and Rand's versatile paintings capture the dog denizens and the poetic moods with verve. There are realistic crayon portraits, comic sketches, broad panoramas, and haunting views. Johnston and Rand introduce imperious pets, strays, a fierce junkyard dog, an imaginary friend, and several historical canines-all viewed with affectionate insight. Readers will chuckle over the dogs of gluttonous Henry VIII. "Wolfhound and basset, mastiff, fice,/all slavered, eager for a choice/snippet, when the kingly boor/let slip the bones onto the floor." There are poignant moments as well as funny in this richly rendered tribute to be read and savored. A lovely gift to all who appreciate dogs, this should be widely enjoyed.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152020224
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1900
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.35 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

TONY JOHNSTON’s numerous books for children include It’s About Dogs, illustrated by Ted Rand, Very Scary, illustrated by Douglas Florian, and The Day of the Dead, illustrated by Jeanette Winter. She lives with her family in California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    PRETY SWELL

    its pretty good. i like the paintings and i needed a personifaction poem for school and i couldnt find one anywhere. FINALLY! i found on in this book, but now my teacher took it away and i cant figure out if my poem i found goes Little loaf of dog, lets go for a walk great tall OAF'or no oaf?' of man, i intend to balk!? im not sure help if u know!!

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