Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories

Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories

by Jim LaMarche
     
 

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Anna looked all around her. The sky was getting dark. "I think we should go home now, Molly." But which way was home?

In three heartwarming stories, celebrated illustrator Jim LaMarche lovingly depicts tales of being lost, being found, finding home, and, most important, the dogs who help us find our way. One lost dog is rescued, another pup leads aSee more details below

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Anna looked all around her. The sky was getting dark. "I think we should go home now, Molly." But which way was home?

In three heartwarming stories, celebrated illustrator Jim LaMarche lovingly depicts tales of being lost, being found, finding home, and, most important, the dogs who help us find our way. One lost dog is rescued, another pup leads a frightened child home, and a fractured family finds a fresh start through the love of a dog. Featuring exquisite artwork, this joyful, touching collection will be cherished by anyone who has ever loved a dog. Plus, this version includes audio and a read-along setting.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

LaMarche's (Up) gentle artwork distinguishes this collection, gracefully rendering the special bond between dogs and children. In the first story, Anna's retriever Molly leads the way home after the girl runs off in anger and gets lost; in the second, Jules enjoys a happy reunion with his pet Ginger after the scruffy dog disappears in the woods. Jack finds a husky named Yuki, whose owner gives Jack's single mother a fresh start in the final tale. LaMarche reports events simply ("Molly sniffed the ground. She sniffed the air. Then she looked back at Anna and wagged her tail"), and the action centers on the children, who show initiative and persistence. Some readers may find the characters a little goody-goody, while others may see them as simply innocent and free of irony. What's indisputable is LaMarche's talent as a draftsman. The soft colors of autumn unite the stories visually, and the pages are full of activity. Even the endpapers are covered with portraits of the dogs, as though LaMarche's love for them has overflowed beyond the bounds of the stories. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
With its beautiful illustrations in colored pencil and acrylic washes and sweet stories aimed right at the heart of any dog lover, this book will be a must have to those who appreciate the place of dogs in stories for children. The author/illustrator gives us three stories. The first story focuses on the loyal dog Molly who sticks with her owner Annie through all of Annie's adventures. The second story focuses on Ginger and her young owner, Jules. Ginger and Jules seem to be attached at all times: Ginger even sleeps on his jacket every night. But when Ginger runs off after a deer during a hike in the forest, Jules is bereft. What if he never sees Ginger again? Because it is dark, Jules and his dad head home with the understanding that they will come back in the morning to look for Ginger. Jules leaves his jacket, just in case Ginger needs something warm to sleep on while she waits for their return. Sure enough, Ginger is sleeping on Jules' jacket the next morning. The final story is about Yuki, a beautiful dog that Jack finds wandering around one day. Jack tries to find Yuki's owner although he would really like to keep Yuki for himself. However, when Yuki's owner does appear, she is a wonderful woman who also happens to be looking for a housekeeper; Jack's mom accepts the position and the offer to stay in the owner's unoccupied studio, so Jack still gets to be with Yuki. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
LaMarche offers three short stories about children and their dogs in this visually appealing, large-format tribute to the powerful connection between kids and canines. The soft-focus illustrations, drawn with colored pencils and watercolor washes, employ a muted palette that infuses the book with a dreamy feeling. The dogs are the stars here: an Irish setter who follows a little girl running away from home, a mixed-breed terrier who is lost on a hike and then found and a Malamute who is taken in by a lonely boy who finds a new home with the dog's original owner. The emotionally satisfying illustrations are stronger than the text, which is often too wordy and sometimes just a little dull; their gentle charm carries the total effort. Each of the three main characters and the three dogs has a distinct personality, and children who love dogs (especially those who long for a canine companion) will find this a touching triad. (Picture book. 4-7)
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BOOKLIST
"As usual, LaMarche's softly textured acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations in mellow, golden-tinged hues delight the eye.... the winsome artwork superbly captures both the action and the emotion of these heartwarming stories."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"LaMarche's gentle artwork distinguishes this collection, gracefully rendering the special bond between dogs and children."

KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Each of the three main characters and the three dogs has a distinct personality, and children who love dogs (especially those who long for a canine companion) will find this a touching triad."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452125237
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
78,867
File size:
17 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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