Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog

Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog

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by John Muir, Christopher Canyon
     
 

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John Muir's favorite story of "the most memorable of all my wild days"-his classic adventure on an Alaskan glacier with the dog Stickeen-is now retold in modern language with stunning illustrations for another generation of children to enjoy. This is a compelling story of the developing relationship between Muir and an aloof, unfriendly little dog, Stickeen. After… See more details below

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John Muir's favorite story of "the most memorable of all my wild days"-his classic adventure on an Alaskan glacier with the dog Stickeen-is now retold in modern language with stunning illustrations for another generation of children to enjoy. This is a compelling story of the developing relationship between Muir and an aloof, unfriendly little dog, Stickeen. After becoming stranded on the glacier, they reach safety with the help of a courageous trip over an ice bridge. Stickeen's aloofness is then replaced by rapturous emotion and his unfriendliness towards Muir turns to adoration.

Author Biography: Donnell Rubay discovered the adventure of Muir and Stickeen during a visit to Muir's home in Martinez, California. Believing that today's children would like to meet Muir and his small friend, she retold the story for a modern audience. Rubay formerly taught high school English and Social Studies. Before teaching, she practiced law. She lives in Benicia, California with her husband and daughter.

Author Biography: Christopher Canyon is the illustrator of four books for children. When he isn't in his studio, Christopher enjoys traveling and providing educational and entertaining programs for schools, libraries, and conferences. Christopher received his formal art education at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. His work as been selected for many exhibits and publications including the Society of Illustrators, the Mazza Collection at the university of Findlay, Ohio, and the Natural History magazine. Two of his books for Dawn Publications, The Tree in the Ancient Forest and Stickeen, have won the Ben Franklin Award for best children's picture book of the year. Christopher is also the illustrator of Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You. Christopher lives with his wife and cat in central Ohio.

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Editorial Reviews

Center for Environmental Education
Stickeen is one of those classic man-and-his-faithful-companion stories that easily win children's hearts. This is a captivating introduction to the life and values of John Muir. The text is adapted from Muir's original account and the grand illustrations evoke the glacial wilderness of southeastern Alaska in hauntingly windswept icy blues. Even upper elementary age children will be pulled in by this dramatic story.
Children's Book & Play Review
This little story is involving, well told, and captivating. The illustrations are wonderful; the drawings of the glaciers and of Muir seem larger than life. The book is altogether delightful, with a little biographical information at the end, as well as the history of the story. Muir apparently actually had this experience with a little dog.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Donnell Rubay has taken John Muir's anecdote about one of his favorite dogs, Stickeen, and made it accessible for young readers from four to twelve. When John Muir explored Alaska in the 1880s, Stickeen, a little dog named after the Stickeen Indians, insisted on accompanying him wherever he roamed. Even when he ventured onto glaciers, and across deep crevasses, Stickeen was there. Perhaps because he belonged to another owner, or because they were not yet equals, Stickeen was described by Muir as aloof, very much his own dog. It was not until they shared a dangerous foray across a glacier, and until Muir carved out a path for the dog that Stickeen would follow Muir or show him affection. This account of man and his best friend preserves Muir's voice in somewhat archaic language yet speaks to today's youngsters. Canyon's masterful paintings vividly capture the region--the browns, grays and greens of the ocean-going start of the voyage, turn to icy blues, purples and white to depict the glacial Alaskan setting. Canyon retraced much of Muir's original journey in researching the illustration, and skillfully portrays the dangers dog and man experienced. 1998, Dawn Publications, Ages 4 to 12, $16.95 and $7.95. Reviewer: Martha Shaw—Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Naturalist John Muir often told his children the story of a little dog that accompanied him on a glacier trek in Alaska. The trip lasted just one long day, but he later called it "the most memorable of all my wild days." Rubay has retold the story in terms kids can understand, yet Muir's 19th-century cadence remains intact. Children who like dog stories should enjoy the tale of a small dog, which Muir originally disliked, that shows his mettle when it counts. The illustrations by Canyon are rustic and rugged, and include small realistic touches such as vapor coming from the dog's nostrils. However, one wonders why the artist didn't put some gloves on poor Mr. Muir.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883220785
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
717,432
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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