Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado

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Lily calls Joplin, Missouri, home. A boisterous Weimaraner with super smarts and an incredible sniffer, Lily is trained to be a search and rescue dog. One day Lily becomes very sick. She survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner/best friend Tara by her side. Lily's recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A mere month later, Joplin is hit by a massive tornado that runs smack through the center of the city. The tornado leaves a change town in its wake. Lily's ...

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Overview

Lily calls Joplin, Missouri, home. A boisterous Weimaraner with super smarts and an incredible sniffer, Lily is trained to be a search and rescue dog. One day Lily becomes very sick. She survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner/best friend Tara by her side. Lily's recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A mere month later, Joplin is hit by a massive tornado that runs smack through the center of the city. The tornado leaves a change town in its wake. Lily's bravery and resilience are put to the test, as she is called upon to help put her city back together, piece by piece. Join Lily in as she lives right, trains hard and fights the good fight. This is a true story of hope and hometown heroes, celebrating the courageous spirit of a city and very special dog.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
K-Gr 4—This is a book about a dog—a very special search-and-rescue dog that helped after a tornado hit the town of Joplin, Missouri. Tara adopted Lily when she was a tiny puppy, but she quickly grew into a big dog with lots of energy, so Tara trained her to do search and rescue. When a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Tara and Lily helped find people lost in the storm, and, in the end, they knew that everything would be okay if all of their neighbors continued to support one another. Illustrations done in pen and ink with watercolors provide a safe, calming effect for a story that is filled with danger. Concluding pages about the real Tara and Lily give facts about the Joplin tornado. A compelling picture of a courageous dog and her owner.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935806677
  • Publisher: Reedy Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 402,113
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Carolyn Mueller is the author and illustrator of the children's picture book Bubbles the Dwarf Zebu: A Story about Finding a Home at the Saint Louis Zoo. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she works as a zookeeper. Illustrator Nick Hayes is also a storyboard artist and graphic designer. He lives in London. About Lily: Owned and trained by her best friend Tara Prosser Lily is a search and rescue dog with the Newton County Rescue and Recovery Team. She was nominated for National Hero Dog of the Year for her efforts following the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, her hometown.

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