The Sailor Dogby Margaret Wise Brown
Scuppers the Dog wants to be a sailor. He was born at sea and all he wants to do is go to sea. When Scuppers finally gets a chance to go to sea he is shipwrecked. But he doesn't let that bother him. He fixes his boat and goes back out to sea, this time ending up at a foreign seaport. Scuppers is now truly a Sailor Dog.
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How can a Little Golden Book that was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams be anything less than perfect? Margaret Wise Brown wrote poetry -- not the forced rhythm, attempted rhyming couplets (or quatrains) that so often results in doggerel poetry -- not necessarily with a rhyme at all, but it was poetry none-the-less. Her writing, for the most part, should be read out loud and savored. I grew up with Garth Williams' illustrations. From the time I was about six, we had all the "Little House" books in our house, and I devoured them. His work shaped the way I thought about illustrations.
This book has it all! A dog! A ship! A treasure! A toolbox! Fishing! And a song at the end! Scuppers gets shipwrecked and has to repair his boat. Great problem solving!