Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog

Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog

by Sneed B. Collard, Joanna Yardley
     
 

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Reliability, devotion and faithfulness: endearing qualities shared between people and their canine companions. Shep is the true story of a dog that became an inspiration to people around the world. Following the death of his owner in 1936, Shep watched as his body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years, through rain and snow, Shep met

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Reliability, devotion and faithfulness: endearing qualities shared between people and their canine companions. Shep is the true story of a dog that became an inspiration to people around the world. Following the death of his owner in 1936, Shep watched as his body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years, through rain and snow, Shep met every incoming train with hopes that he would see the man who had cared for him. Even today, people visit Fort Benton, Montana, to stand at the grave of a dog whose actions remind us of the true meaning of loyalty and heart.Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than 45 books for young people including The Prairie Builders, The Forest in the Clouds, Butterfly Count and B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet. Sneed lives in Missoula, Montana. Joanna Yardley has illustrated a number of award-winning children's books. This is her third book with Sleeping Bear Press. She is the illustrator of B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet and P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet. Jo lives in Missoula, Montana along with her husband and son.

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Children's Literature
If you read the stories about Hachiko a year or two ago, you will now meet an American version of this loyal Japanese dog. Shep worked with his master herding sheep. They apparently had a very close relationship and when the shepherd fell ill and went into the hospital, he did not recover. His body was taken to the Great Northern railway depot and shipped home. Shep waited and waited, meeting every passenger train that arrived in Fort Benton. As time passed the station master was able to gain Shep's trust and stories about this faithful dog began to spread. Money, correspondence, and offers to care for Shep poured in. Shep finally died—killed by a train—because he was old and deaf and was not aware of the danger. However, Shep is not forgotten; and if you visit Fort Benton, you will see his concrete tombstone and a bronze statue. A smart teacher or librarian will pair this book with Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog and Hachiko Waits. All three will surely warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. 2006, Sleeping Bear Press/Thomson Gale, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This picture book celebrates the bond between a sheep dog and his owner. During the Depression, in north central Montana, a sheepherder passed away. Shep watched the man's coffin being loaded onto a train to be returned to his family back east. From that day forward, the loyal canine met every passenger train that arrived at the Fort Benton depot. The station manager and many townspeople noticed him and slowly discovered the details of his life. The people adopted him, feeding him and loving him, until the day he died. News of the dog's death spread throughout the country and his story was featured in Reader's Digest, Lady's Circle, and other major publications. An author's note gives additional background information. Yardley's watercolor paintings, reminiscent of Susan Jeffers's work, are warm, detailed, and textured. Dog lovers will appreciate the reverential tone of the story. A good addition for larger collections.-Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627532358
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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