The Dog

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From Ireland comes an unforgettable tale of friendship. "Lush oil paintings depicting the Irish countryside highlight this story of a stray dog and the crusty old man who learns to love him. .[In] a lilting Irish dialect.Peter's words reveal his gruff exterior while the expressive paintings betray his true, soft heart." — Booklist "A simply written book with understated power and depth of emotion that will leave readers with a warm, lasting impression." — School Library Journal ...
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Overview

From Ireland comes an unforgettable tale of friendship. "Lush oil paintings depicting the Irish countryside highlight this story of a stray dog and the crusty old man who learns to love him. .[In] a lilting Irish dialect.Peter's words reveal his gruff exterior while the expressive paintings betray his true, soft heart." — Booklist "A simply written book with understated power and depth of emotion that will leave readers with a warm, lasting impression." — School Library Journal

An old man living alone at the edge of a small Irish village grudgingly allows a dog into his life.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Set in rural Ireland, a grumpy old man meets a dog, and is determined to maintain his solitary lifestyle. He feeds him a scrap, but vows it will only happen one time. But before you know it, the dog is keeping his feet warm at night. But the old man's heart is still hard, and he throws the dog out in a storm. As the storm rages, and a day passes, the old man's heart begins to soften. He finally goes out to search for the dog. They are reunited and make it back home. Even though he insists he will not name the dog (since that will create a real relationship), our final image is of the pair is sitting together in a large stuffed chair in front of the fire. The textured painted canvas illustrations offer a wonderful sense of the open green of the Irish countryside, and the loving, energy of the dog. 1999 (orig.
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K-Gr 2-Old Peter is the cemetery keeper in an isolated Irish seaside village. He works hard, "`to no one's delight,'" and lives a solitary life in a small stone cottage. A stray dog comes down from the hills, and although the man gives it a few scraps of food, he makes it clear that the animal must leave. A nasty summer storm makes him realize that he and the dog are much alike-both in need of companionship and caring. His desperate search for the stray ends in genuine joy, and the final page shows them cuddled together in front of the fire. The oil illustrations give the engaging story line dramatic realism. Blake captures the pastoral landscape, the expressiveness of the man and dog, and the furor of the storm. A simply written book with understated power and depth of emotion that will leave readers with a warm, lasting impression.-Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698117587
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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