Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story

Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story

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by Martin Springett
     
 

When Pippin, a fawn abandoned by her mother, cries out for help, she is found by author Isobel Springett. After carrying the tiny fawn back to her home, Isobel places Pippin next to Kate, a Great Dane who has never had puppies of her own.

What follows is a remarkable and unlikely friendship. Kate successfully raises Pippin to be an independent deer, and Pippin

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When Pippin, a fawn abandoned by her mother, cries out for help, she is found by author Isobel Springett. After carrying the tiny fawn back to her home, Isobel places Pippin next to Kate, a Great Dane who has never had puppies of her own.

What follows is a remarkable and unlikely friendship. Kate successfully raises Pippin to be an independent deer, and Pippin always returns from the forest to visit her best friend.

With simple text and stunning photographs, Kate and Pippin, and their one-of-a-kind friendship, come to life in an irresistible way!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A sister-and-brother team document the relationship that develops between a fawn and a Great Dane, Kate. After Isobel Springett rescues the fawn (who she names Pippin) and places her next to Kate, “being a mom to the little deer” comes naturally to the dog. Crisp photographs depict the two animals playing with one another, Pippin being fed sheep’s milk from a bottle, and the deer taking her first tentative steps away from the house. The Springetts stick to the familiar but effective formula of accessible prose and adorable photographs seen in earlier stories of animal kingdom odd couples, such as Owen & Mzee, Tarra & Bella, and Suryia and Roscoe. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
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“A fine addition to nonfiction collections and useful for themed storytimes on friendships.”-School Library Journal

“A sister-and-brother team document the relationship that develops between a fawn and a Great Dane, Kate.”-Publishers Weekly

“The true story, captured in intimate photos, of an old Great Dane and an abandoned fawn. Awwww.” -Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This picture book tells the true story of a fawn raised by a Great Dane. Isobel Springett finds the abandoned fawn and brings it into her own home to care for it, but it is her dog, Kate, who mothers the animal as if it were a pup. The story is carefully captured through photographs that show the relationship between the two animals. First nursed with a baby bottle, the fawn called Pippin later is cuddled by Kate and later romps with the dog in the yard. Pippin does not become domesticated, but remains a wild animal, later sharing time in the forest with time "at home" with Kate. This tender story written by Springett's brother is a unique picture book for teachers and parents to share with children. It is first the story of a friendship between the different species, and a message to keep wild animals wild. Young readers will love the color photography showing Pippin as she grows from fawn into deer and the nonfiction text will support classroom lessons about animals. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—A Great Dane mothering an abandoned fawn is the heart of this truly delightful photo essay. Left alone in the forest for three days, the young deer is rescued and brought indoors. Enter Kate, a "puppy-less" Great Dane, who takes over for the missing doe. Gradually Pippin learns how to feed from a bottle of sheep's milk and play with her surrogate mother. As she grows, she begins to separate herself from Kate. She no longer sleeps inside, preferring to spend nights in the forest, reappearing every morning to be fed. Pretty soon Pippin's spots disappear. Eventually she is the same size as Kate. She can forage for her food. Readers learn that while Pippin enjoys the friendship of Kate and Henry the cat, she is free to rejoin life in the forest. Large close-up shots of Pippin and Kate document their relationship. The simple text is perfect for young readers and listeners to grasp the experience of the rescue without drama. Pippin doesn't continue to live in the house or become a pet. She returns to the wild as is her destiny. Young animal lovers will also enjoy other true accounts about unusual animal friendships such as Isabella Hatkoff's Owen and Mzee (Scholastic, 2006), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen's Itsy Bitsy and Teeny Weeny (Sleeping Bear, 2009), and Catherine Thimmesh's Friends (Houghton Harcourt, 2011). A fine addition to nonfiction collections and useful for themed storytimes on friendships.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kirkus Reviews
The true story, captured in intimate photos, of an old Great Dane and an abandoned fawn. Awwww. Anthropomorphizing with gusto as he goes, the author places the crying fawn, "certain she had found a new mother," next to the sleeping dog--who is "surprised" upon waking up, but aside from a quick sniff displays no visible reaction to her new companion. Pippin learns to negotiate a milk-bottle nipple and later a set of porch steps and frisks alertly about the photographer's yard. At one point, she wanders into the nearby woods ("Kate and Isobel worried they might never see Pippin again") and back, but grave and grizzled Kate seldom seems to move, aside from a couple of gambols in the grass, or even summon up the energy to open her eyes all the way. Nonetheless, the two plainly enjoy each other's company, and the pictures underscore their closeness at rest or play. Next to a final headshot of the pair (dog and adult deer almost exactly the same size) the narrative properly notes that Pippin is a wild animal "but she and Kate remain the best of friends." Again, awwww. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805094879
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
223,356
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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