Part-Time Dog

Part-Time Dog

by Jane Thayer, Lisa McCue, Lynne Barasch
     
 

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A little stray dog with a wagging tail wanders onto Maple Street one day. Brownie walks the children to school, goes to the bank with Mrs. Butterworth, and even helps Mrs. Tweedy rake her yard. But when night comes, everyone goes home except for Brownie. He doesn't have a home to go to because everyone thinks he's somebody else's dog!

In this new edition of a

Overview

A little stray dog with a wagging tail wanders onto Maple Street one day. Brownie walks the children to school, goes to the bank with Mrs. Butterworth, and even helps Mrs. Tweedy rake her yard. But when night comes, everyone goes home except for Brownie. He doesn't have a home to go to because everyone thinks he's somebody else's dog!

In this new edition of a beloved story, a community comes together to share a dog that is loved by all.


About the Author:

Jane Thayer is the pen name of Catherine Woolley. She grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, and began writing children's books in 1953. Ms. Woolley lives in Truro, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
New artwork also updates Part-Time Dog (1954) by Jane Thayer, illus. by Lisa McCue. Brownie, a trusting stray puppy, is the delight of Maple Street. He enjoys a bone from one neighbor, sleeps on another's couch and has coffee with a third neighbor. But not until Brownie is taken to the pound do the women realize how much they love him. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A cheerful little brown dog appears in a charming, quaint neighborhood. He walks with the children to school, and promptly visits the residents on Maple Street after being shooed away by the teacher. Everyone tells Brownie to "Go Home" but Brownie does not know where home is. He has breakfast at Mrs. Mrs. Tweedy's, dinner at Mrs. Atkin's and sleeps at Mrs. Butterworth's house, but to whom does he belong? The dogcatcher is called and Brownie is led away happily wagging his tail, since Brownie trusts everyone. Not everyone trusts the decision to call the dogcatcher, though. Mrs. Atkins could not enjoy her dinner, Mrs. Butterworth could not sleep and Mrs. Tweedy could not savor her breakfast. The three neighbors decide to retrieve Brownie and share him. Though children have a place in this story, the main human characters are adults—without children—which makes for a unique interpretation of cooperation, trust and responsibility. McCue has taken a 50-year-old story and crafted illustrations for a 21st century re-issue. Friendly faces (except when the dogcatcher arrives) and soft-bodied women provide a comforting sense of ease and familiarity. A gentle read-aloud while cuddling with your favorite toddler, as well as having your primary-grade youngsters read alone. 2004 (orig. 1954), HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This story was originally published in 1954 in Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children and in 1965 in book form. Brownie is an agreeable dog who is entertained by various members of the community, but he has no real home. In this sweet story of his escapades, readers learn how trusting he is and how appreciative of what little he has. Then, his days of carefree fun seem over, due to an encounter with the dogcatcher. But Brownie is rescued from a questionable fate by his three primary caregivers, who miss him and decide to share responsibility for him. The color illustrations depict old-fashioned neighborhoods and a lovable, lively pup. An appropriate choice for storytimes as well as for beginning readers.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060296933
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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