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The Hound from the Pound
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The Hound from the Pound

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by Jessica Swaim, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
 

After a hapless woman adopts a pack leader from the pound, his furry friends follow in dogged pursuit in this rhythmical romp.

Lonely Miss Mary longs for a four-legged friend. But when she makes the mistake of choosing the untrained basset hound Blue, no sooner does he howl AH-ROOoooooo! than her house has gone to the dogs! Dalmatians and dachshunds,

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After a hapless woman adopts a pack leader from the pound, his furry friends follow in dogged pursuit in this rhythmical romp.

Lonely Miss Mary longs for a four-legged friend. But when she makes the mistake of choosing the untrained basset hound Blue, no sooner does he howl AH-ROOoooooo! than her house has gone to the dogs! Dalmatians and dachshunds, sheepdogs and setters, poodles and pups of all spots are ruling the roost. Can Sam the canine trainer teach this menagerie some pawsitive tricks? A charmingly illustrated, rollicking text offers a doggone good time and a perfectly happy ending.

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A single woman named Mary is lonely in her well-kept stone house, so she adopts a basset hound from the local pound with the assistance of Sam, the resident dog trainer. Her new pet, Blue the basset hound, howls for his missing pals, who escape from the pound and burst in to join him. The pack of pooches creates havoc in Mary's house, so she calls on kindly Sam to help her with training the whole bunch of dogs so they can stay. Romance and a wedding ensue, resulting in a happy, settled home for Mary and Sam and all the dogs. Swaim's rollicking text unfolds in rhyming couplets with some humorous wordplay and inserted sound effects of the basset hound's distinctive howls at the end of funny strings of descriptions of the dogs' behavior. The bouncy text is well complemented by McElmurry's cheerful gouache illustrations full of leaping dogs and muddy footprints tracked all over Mary's cozy house. Dog lovers will enjoy the antics of this happy bunch. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763623302
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Swaim says that she divides her time pretty evenly between dogs and books. This is her first book with Candlewick Press. She lives in Parker, Colorado.

Jill McElmurry has illustrated many books for children, including OUR NEST by Reeve Lindbergh and Karen Pandell’s WHERE'S STRETCH? and PEEKABOO, STRETCH! She lives on the Higglety Pigglety Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The Hound from the Pound 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous, engaging, charming, fun, happy book. Wonderful illustrations!I bought it for my grandson who is three years old. He loved it! I am almost 70 years old, and I have read it many times with the same warm, fuzzy feeling at the end of the book. Highly recommend it.