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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Judith Hendershot's In Coal Country, Ray's long picture book deals sensitively with miners and their families; this time the narration is in a thick West Virginia hill-country dialect. Allie's father finds an orphaned dog that Allie names ``Trip for his trippin'-up feet.'' When the dog disappears, she is inconsolable. She says, ``When I tell Gramma what the trouble be, she say, `Frettin' won't do no good, darlin'. You got to try to take your mind off Trip.' But I can't. I get to cryin' for missin' him so much.'' After some false starts, Allie finally finds Trip at a nearby home where another little girl has made Trip her own. Allie sympathizes and offers to let the girl visit Trip. She returns home saying, ``I hold so tight to Trip. I don't never want to let him go.'' The emotional story is nicely supported by Ray's evocative black-and-white pencil drawings. Ages 7-11. (October)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Allie's father, a miner in the West Virginia mountainsbrings home a tiny, frail pup whose mama was killed by a car. Allie keeps him alive by feeding him drops of milk on her fingers and bundling him into her bed for warmth. She names the pup Trip ``for his trippin'-up feet,'' and the two become inseparable until one day the dog disappears. Allie's anguish over her missing pet teaches her compassion for the little girl who finds him. Her mountain dialect narration adds warmth and reality to a story that comes alive with Ray's now-familiar expressive pencil drawings which evidence family closeness and mountain mining town flavor. There is strength in this spare tale; readers are left with a warm feeling of an experience shared. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823406623
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years

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