Sea Dog

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"Don't touch," Mom said. "I think it's a dead seal."
But Kyle lifted one more handful of seaweed. "It has an ear," he said. "It looks like a dog."
"Poor dog," Mom said. "It must have drowned in the storm last night."
Kyle pulled away more seaweed. He uncovered the dog's face. "Its eyelid moved! It's alive!"

Kyle found Treasure on the beach, but does that mean that the dog ...

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Overview

"Don't touch," Mom said. "I think it's a dead seal."
But Kyle lifted one more handful of seaweed. "It has an ear," he said. "It looks like a dog."
"Poor dog," Mom said. "It must have drowned in the storm last night."
Kyle pulled away more seaweed. He uncovered the dog's face. "Its eyelid moved! It's alive!"

Kyle found Treasure on the beach, but does that mean that the dog belongs to him?

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"The Vancouver Island coast provides a picturesque setting...made doubly appealing by Amy Meissner's beautiful drawings."
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Children's Literature - Ann Sanger
Kyle is a young boy dealing with the divorce of his parents. His dad would rise early in the morning after a big storm to make pancakes and take Kyle for a walk on the beach searching for treasures deposited on the shore. Now that Kyle lives with his mom, storms make him sad. Kyle's Mom attempts to comfort her son by donning her rain slicker and inviting Kyle to go looking for treasure. At first Kyle resists the suggestion, but he does not want to disappoint his mom, so he gets his red mesh treasure bag to walk along the beach. That morning they do indeed find a treasure. On a piece of driftwood covered in seaweed they find a wet, black dog that is barely alive. Mom and child nurse the animal back to health and Kyle thinks that the dog they name "Treasure" will be his forever. This short easy reader is a gem. It would be a great book for guidance counselors to share with children in one-parent homes. The book would also be suitable for teaching compromise and sharing. Only sixty-two pages long with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this book is a wonderful read-aloud book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551434063
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric, and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.

Dayle Campbell Gaetz grew up in Victoria and attended the University of Victoria. She has always loved books, both reading and writing them. Her writing career began on Salt Spring Island where she wrote her first 16 novels. For several years she wrote a column for the local weekly newspaper and published the occasional article in children's magazines. Dayle now lives in Campbell River, British Columbia where, in addition to her own writing, she teaches a correspondence course on Writing for Children and Teenagers. She has published 21 books for readers from ages seven to 17. Never knowing what idea will strike next, Dayle writes books that range from science fiction to history and from biography to mystery.

Thanks to a strong interest in British Columbian history, she wrote two historical novels that take place in B.C.'s early days. On the heels of those books came Mystery from History and Barkerville Gold, both with historical connections. She had meant to end there, but the three young characters refused quit at Barkerville. They have since travelled on to Alberta, (Alberta Alibi) and recently into Saskatchewan (Something Suspicious in Saskatchewan). Manitoba is calling to them next and it seems wherever they go the children trip over mystery and tumble into danger.

Dayle's other books from Orca include Sea Dog (Currents), the story of two lonely people, a seven year old boy and an old man who are brought together by their love of one dog. At the other end of childhood is No Problem (Soundings), where a 17 year old boy stands on the brink of drug abuse. In between is an Orca Currents, Spoiled Rotten, about an outdoors-loving 14 year old girl who needs to deal with a new stepsister who really is spoiled rotten.

For more information about Dayle, visit http://web.mac.com/gdgaetz.

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Read an Excerpt

"Don't touch," Mom said. "I think it's a dead seal."

But Kyle lifted one more handful of seaweed. "It has an ear," he said. "It looks like a dog."

"Poor dog," Mom said. "It must have drowned in the storm last night."

Kyle pulled away more seaweed. He uncovered the dog's face. "Its eyelid moved! It's alive!"

Read More Show Less

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