Piper

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Emma Chichester Clark’s first book, available for the first time in paperback.

This is the story of Piper, a gentle dog, courageous and anxious to please. Unfortunately, a grim man who has no respect for animals buys him, and he won’t let Piper have any dinner. So Piper runs away to the big city. There he hurts his leg while trying to save an old lady from being run over. But in the end, Piper is rescued and all is well.

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Overview

Emma Chichester Clark’s first book, available for the first time in paperback.

This is the story of Piper, a gentle dog, courageous and anxious to please. Unfortunately, a grim man who has no respect for animals buys him, and he won’t let Piper have any dinner. So Piper runs away to the big city. There he hurts his leg while trying to save an old lady from being run over. But in the end, Piper is rescued and all is well.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

When Piper the puppy leaves his mother to go live with his first master, he keeps her three pieces of advice in mind: "Always obey your master. Always look both ways before you cross the street. And always help anyone in danger." But Mr. Jones's cruelty quickly becomes apparent, and Piper flees to the big city. There he saves an elderly lady from being hit by a car, but is almost lost for good in the hubbub surrounding the mishap. His luck turns, however, when the crowd of onlookers tracks him down and reunites him with the woman. "How lucky I am to have found you," says the lady, giving Piper a pet in his posh new digs. "Now we can both look after each other." Clark's (the Blue Kangaroo books) brisk storytelling keeps the story from sagging into a soap opera, and offers just enough twists (and even a chuckle or two) to keep readers turning the pages. The muted but emotionally razor-sharp pictures take on a cinematic, almost neo-realistic feel; the scenes in which the onlookers search for and find Piper possess all the drama and immediacy of live action. As for Piper himself, his kind eyes, long snout and gangly body speak volumes about his eager, good heart. And it will take a hard heart indeed to resist this story of a sweet-natured hound who finally finds the owner he deserves. Ages 5-up. (Jan.)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Piper, a young dog, tries to follow his mother's advice: "Always obey your master. Always look both ways before you cross the street. And always help anyone in danger." But when he tries to obey his master, Mr. Jones, he is cruelly treated and escapes, finally arriving in the city. When he stops a car about to run over an old lady, she falls down and is taken away in an ambulance. Having hurt his leg, wet and miserable, Piper hides under a bush in the park, not realizing that people are looking for the brave dog who saved the lady. He is found there and taken to her home. She wants to keep him, but posts signs in case his owner wants him back. Fortunately Mr. Jones does not, so the old lady and Piper can be happy together, looking after each other. In watercolor inks and colored crayons, Clark consistently depicts landscapes and city traffic with just enough detail to act as dramatic backgrounds for Piper's adventures. Greens dominate, with brighter tones depicting trees and lawns and gray-greens for the urban settings. The colors change with the emotional content; yellow sunlight shines into the lady's house. In the final scene, the dog and his new mistress contentedly watch the sunset together.
School Library Journal

K - Gr 2 - A heartwarming tale of love and acceptance from the author of I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!(Doubleday, 1999). Piper, a kindhearted dog, runs away from his cruel owner. He ends up in a city, where he saves a woman's life and finds a new friend and comfortable home. The bleak colors of the vicious man's crooked house and barren land contrast with the warm hues of the city apartment and intensify the moods of these two settings. As the pup escapes, running through woods and across a river, the palette brightens; when he and the woman get together, soft tones predominate. The watercolor pictures are large and engaging and will work equally well one-on-one or in a group setting.-Jessica Lamarre, Medford Public Library, MA

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853141
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 274,653
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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