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Socrates' parents have been snatched up by the dogcatcher, leaving him an orphan alone on the streets. Abandoned, hungry, and shunned by the other street dogs, Socrates wonders if he'll ever have a home of his very own. And even more importantly, he wonders if he'll ever have a friend. Then one day Socrates finds a curious object, and from that moment on, everyone looks at him quite differently. Heartwarming and uplifting, the simple text is magnificently complemented by bold, textured oil paintings in this story...

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Overview

Socrates' parents have been snatched up by the dogcatcher, leaving him an orphan alone on the streets. Abandoned, hungry, and shunned by the other street dogs, Socrates wonders if he'll ever have a home of his very own. And even more importantly, he wonders if he'll ever have a friend. Then one day Socrates finds a curious object, and from that moment on, everyone looks at him quite differently. Heartwarming and uplifting, the simple text is magnificently complemented by bold, textured oil paintings in this story of the universal search for friendship and acceptance that also works to initiate discussions on topics such as loneliness and homelessness.

When Socrates, a homeless dog, finds a pair of eyeglasses in the street, the incident benefits him in more ways than one.

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...share this book's uplifting experiences....this unusually refreshing picture book boasts one of the most endearing canines ever...Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

...a memorable dog story. School Library Journal

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starrred Review, February 22, 1993
Move aside, Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin: this unusually refreshing picture book boasts one of the most endearing canines ever seen outside of a dogfood commercial. A text that exudes immediacy and originality is perfectly paired with vigorous artwork both funny and touching. The eponymous pooch wanders through life all alone—Socrates is an orphan who, "more than anything else... dreamed of having a friend." When he finds a pair of red eyeglasses ("the thing fit his nose perfectly"), his surroundings magically brighten: people seem friendlier, the world becomes more beautiful. Then Socrates meets a musician, the actual owner of the glasses, and his life, not just his vision, is improved permanently. Rascal's sympathetic protagonist has ample personality to carry an entire book on his own. In Bogaerts's pictures, bold, black strokes outline heavily painted images whose lumpiness seems just right for this somewhat lumpy character. The frequent dog's-eye perspectives are captivating, as exemplified in a closeup of toys in a toy shop—all of which seem to be smiling. And so will all those fortunate enough to share this book's uplifting experiences. Ages 4-8.

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Move aside, Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin: this unusually refreshing picture book boasts one of the most endearing canines ever seen outside of a dogfood commercial. A text that exudes immediacy and originality is perfectly paired with vigorous artwork both funny and touching. The eponymous pooch wanders through life all alone--Socrates is an orphan who, ``more than anything else . . . dreamed of having a friend.'' When he finds a pair of red eyeglasses (``the thing fit his nose perfectly''), his surroundings magically brighten: people seem friendlier, the world becomes more beautiful. Then Socrates meets a musician, the actual owner of the glasses, and his life, not just his vision, is improved permanently. Rascal's sympathetic protagonist has ample personality to carry an entire book on his own. In Bogaerts's pictures, bold, black strokes outline heavily painted images whose lumpiness seems just right for this somewhat lumpy character. The frequent dog's-eye perspectives are captivating, as exemplified in a closeup of toys in a toy shop--all of which seem to be smiling. And so will all those fortunate enough to share this book's uplifting experiences. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811810470
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rascal has pursued a variety of careers, ranging from advertising to painting, but has now committed himself to creating children's books full time. Rascal lives in Belgium.

Gert Bogaerts recently graduated from art school, and this is his first book. He also lives in Belgium.

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