The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind

The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind

by Charlotte Zolotow, Valerie Coursen
     
 

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A warm family story featuring a very lovable little dog

"The little black poodle barks at everything.

She barks at the garbagemen and the telephone.

She barks at the wind when it blows and the rain when it rains."

Her family wonders why she makes so much noise, but they don’t really mind it. All but the father, that is.

Overview

A warm family story featuring a very lovable little dog

"The little black poodle barks at everything.

She barks at the garbagemen and the telephone.

She barks at the wind when it blows and the rain when it rains."

Her family wonders why she makes so much noise, but they don’t really mind it. All but the father, that is. He’s a writer, and the barking makes him forget what he wants to say. Then one day the little poodle is left alone with him, and something happens that changes his mind for good.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in 1964, Charlotte Zolotow's The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind, starring the lovable noisy pup, gets new illustrations by Valerie Coursen. Her paintings of the small black poodle aptly contrast the canine's busy, protective bounce (and barking) with the forlorn silence that follows while the children are away in this timeless homage to a cherished family pet.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Originally published in 1964 (Lothrop; o.p.) with illustrations by Roger Duvoisin, and again in 1987 (HarperCollins) with illustrations by June Otani, this warm story tells of a little black poodle who barks at everything. He annoys the father more than the other members of the household. But one day when the two are left alone together, the dog becomes quiet and still. The man writes in his study while the pup presses quietly against the door and stays right by his side, without stopping to eat or drink or bark at the mailman. It is then that the bonding begins, as the father realizes the pet misses the rest of the family. This newly illustrated edition has spirit and life, and the mixed-media collages give the story a completely different feel. It offers a new perspective and a great deal of humor along the way. And no one will be able to resist this pooch.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A barky little dog suddenly clams up when all of her human family except the father goes out for the day. Zolotow's 1964 story now sports a third set of illustrations, and perhaps recognizing that words like "postman" and "milkman"--not to mention "typewriter"--give the text a dated air, Coursen (Mordant's Wish, 1997) not only dresses her figures generically, but uses them in minimally detailed, painted-paper collages at least as spacious and simple as the Roger Duvoisin originals. As soon as mother and children return, the poodle resumes its noisy ways, leading the father to realize that all the barking isn't just an irritating habit, but the dog's way of "protecting" her family. Heartwarming, but not really worth still another retread. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805063066
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Zolotow, an author, editor, publisher, and educator, has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children’s literature. She has written more than seventy books for young readers, including such picture-book classics as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present. Mrs. Zolotow lives in upstate New York.

Valerie Coursen’s first book, Mordant’s Wish, was highly praised and earned her a Cuffie Award for Best New Illustrator. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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