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Based on a true story!
When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form: Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs, and the dogs quickly become more than just his street companions: They become his family. Soon Ivan, who ...
Based on a true story!
When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form: Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs, and the dogs quickly become more than just his street companions: They become his family. Soon Ivan, who used to love reading fairytales, is practically living in one, as he and his pack roam the city and countryside, using their wits to find food and shelter, dodging danger, begging for coins. But Ivan can't stay hidden from the world of people forever. When help is finally offered to him, will he be able to accept it? Will he even want to?
A heart-pounding tale of survival and a moving look at what makes us human.
A KIRKUS REVIEWS Best Children's Book of 2012
*"Compelling and highly original fiction... An absorbing account." -- BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS, starred review
*"Terrifying, life-affirming and memorable." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
*"Absorbing... The many vivid details of street life and the convincing portrayals of even minor characters help bring the story to life. A source bibliography is appended. Written with compassion as well as grim, sometimes brutal realism, this novel offers a riveting story as well as material for reflection and discussion." -- BOOKLIST, starred review
"Well-crafted sentences, lively dialogue, and a remarkable story line combine for an absorbing adventure tale that young readers will find irresistible." -- HORN BOOK
"Pyron delivers a reflective, hard-hitting story about the bond between child and dog.... The book's emotional impact is immense." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Posted March 4, 2013
Dogs of Winter may be a good book, but there is no warning for parents about the more graphic aspects of this story. After reading A Dogs Way Home our 9 year old was thrilled to find another "dog" story by the same author. This is definitely better suited for 12-14 year olds.
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Posted December 27, 2013
When I began reading this book, I will be honest. Based on the picture, I kind of expected a Jack London type story. I soon realized just how wrong I was. How on earth was I to know that I would be reading historical fiction (recent history, but still history) that featured an amazing story that was emotional and realistic? In fact, the author's note at the end of the story, this story contains more truth than fiction. The book is written in first person, and I think this is a perfect story for young adults and older adults alike. It will introduce you to a recent period of history of which you may not have been aware. The tenacity of the dogs and the boy will enthrall you. Does it end happily? You know, I will leave that up to you to decide. I will say this much--it is a realistic ending.
There are a few brutal portions of this book, but there are no details that would offend anyone. There are no bedroom scenes, and the profanity is extremely mild. I cannot think of anything that was offensive in this story, and it was a very readable book. There were no boring portions of the story, and I believe that the author captured the emotions of the characters perfectly. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Posted December 16, 2014
If you like historical fiction or dogs, this book is for you.
The book is historical fiction, telling the story of an orphaned Russian boy who lives with a pack of dogs. After his mother is killed, her boyfriend throws him out to the streets. A group of orphans take him in, and he gets a dog to beg with. He leaves them and discovers his dog’s, named Lucky, family. You might like this if you like historical fiction books, or dogs. My favorite parts were the ending and the time within the forest, but the time with the other orphans was fairly dull. The book takes the authors’ twist on the mystery of what happened to Ivan, the main character. I do agree that a kind ending would be nice, but the way it turns out seemed to end well, despite mysteries that will most likely never be answered. Overall the book is extremely emotional, and will be a good read, but the book has some very dull parts, especially in the beginning.
Review by Young Mensan Charles M., age 10, Richmond Area Mensa
Posted November 3, 2014
Posted September 15, 2013
This book is about a little boy whose mother dies and is left out on the streets one day he becomes friends with some dogs... This is a very moving book. (I cried quiet a bit.) I really liked this book. I would get it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2013
Posted February 24, 2013
Bobbie Pyron has taken a bit of history and turned it into a captivating tale of a little boy's survival. Never could I have imagined a child's bond with wild dogs as seen in The Dogs of Winter!
Ivan Andreovich is only five years old when his mother goes missing and her boyfriend tries to take Ivan to an orphanage. In the City, somewhere in Russia, Ivan decides to run away, hoping that his mother will come searching for him. He spends days and nights on the streets and train station, at first taken in by a rowdy group of young children who steal food and beg money for vodka and cigarettes. In the midst of these kids who will do anything to survive, Ivan tries to hold on to the morals his mother taught him like to not steal or lie. When the dogs come into Ivan's life it gets a little easier to make it. He finds food for them and himself, warm places to sleep at night, and protection from the older street kids and gangs.
But, of course, obstacles take place that hinder Ivan's ability to keep himself fed and clothed. He's very naive throughout most of the story, but the more wild he gets the more cunning. Throughout the novel, Pyron makes me wonder whether anything will go right for the Dog Boy, but time and time again his pack proves that they have his back and they'll endure through the most dire situations. Except for when Ivan is captured and forced back into human society. I found that I didn't feel the big emotional pull until Ivan had been shown just one ounce of kindness from someone who wasn't one of his dogs.
The Dogs of Winter is a novel that I would highly recommend to dog lovers and readers who love an encouraging tale of survival. Even through the darkest parts of the novel, when life just wasn't kind to little Ivan, the dogs lightened the pall.
*Book provided in exchange for an honest review*
Posted February 22, 2013
Based on a true story, "The Dogs of Winter" is targeted for 6th grade readers and older.
Ivan is a 5-year old boy who has been abandoned on the streets of Russia. He encounters gangs of children who have been abandoned and they try to draw him to work for them. These gangs often are cruel and mistreat each other, as well as Ivan. Eventually Ivan ends up on his own and discovers a pack of dogs who help take care of him. The dogs become his family and Ivan even begins to look and act like his family.
They travel the city during the winter looking for food and shelter and move to the country during the warmer months and live in the woods near a fairground. The bond that develops between boy and dog is strong. They protect, defend, and provide for each other.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was entirely fiction. I did not realize that it was based on a true story. I was over a fourth of the way through the book when I discovered this simple fact.
I enjoyed this story, found it very easy to read and actually read it in one day. While this story focuses on one young boy who is homeless, it does a good job of raising our awareness that there are homeless children all over the world, even here in our own small spot in the United States. It does this without being overbearing.
The Dogs of Winter is a simple story about a boy and his dogs, but it is a wonderful story about a boy and his dogs! (rev. P.Howard)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was given to us in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Posted October 19, 2012
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