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Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends: A True Story

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Jim loves to go for long walks with his dogs, Tara and Tiree. One cold winter day, Jim falls through the ice on the frozen lake. Tiree tries to save him and falls through the ice too. What will happen if Tara tries to help them both?

When Jim falls through the ice on a lake in Canada, his two dogs try to rescue him.

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Overview

Jim loves to go for long walks with his dogs, Tara and Tiree. One cold winter day, Jim falls through the ice on the frozen lake. Tiree tries to save him and falls through the ice too. What will happen if Tara tries to help them both?

When Jim falls through the ice on a lake in Canada, his two dogs try to rescue him.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jim loved dogs and not only did he have pets, but he trained dogs. They were his friends and part of his family. This particular true story is set in Canada. Jim ventured out on a cold day for a walk on the frozen lake. Unfortunately, the ice broke and he fell into the freezing water. His dogs tried to help him, but Tiree ended up joining him in the water. Poor Tara just wasn't strong enough to pull him out. Tiree managed to get out of the water and together Tara and Tiree helped Jim pull himself free of the freezing water. It is an amazing story not only of the dogs' devotion to Jim, but their intelligence in orchestration his rescue. Jim is obviously proud and devoted to his brave and wonderful dogs. The pencil and watercolor illustrations depict Jim as an older man, but the dogs look young and full of energy. This is part of the "Ready to Read" series, a level 2 book for kids reading independently. It is a book that would also be appropriate for kids not reading on grade level or adults just learning to read English. 2003, Simon & Schuster,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Jim grew up in a dog-loving family, and, not surprisingly, becomes a dog trainer. He owns a black rottweiler and a golden retriever, both of whom love to walk with him on a frozen lake. One day, Jim falls through the ice. He waves his pets away, but Tiree falls into the water along with him. Tara lowers her body to the ice and crawls close to him. Tiree climbs out over Jim's back, and then, the two dogs together are able to pull him out. The vocabulary is especially well matched to the needs of beginning readers with much repetition and simple sentences. Beier's watercolor illustrations add realistic details. Pet lovers will relish this simple, but satisfying tale of heroic and loyal pets.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689829178
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: Pets to the Rescue Series , #4
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

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