Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog

Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog

by Sneed B. Collard, Joanna Yardley
     
 

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"This is the true story of a Montana dog who became a worldwide inspiration. In 1936, Shep watched as his master's body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years Shep met every incoming train with hopes that he would see the man who had cared for him"--Provided by publisher.See more details below

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"This is the true story of a Montana dog who became a worldwide inspiration. In 1936, Shep watched as his master's body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years Shep met every incoming train with hopes that he would see the man who had cared for him"--Provided by publisher.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627532358
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,101,280
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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