Tippy Lemmey


It's 1951, and America is fighting a war in Korea. Back home in Templeton, Tennessee, Leanne, Paul, and jeannie are fighting a war of their own against Tippy Lemmey, the only dog they have ever met with both a first and last name.

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It's 1951, and America is fighting a war in Korea. Back home in Templeton, Tennessee, Leanne, Paul, and jeannie are fighting a war of their own against Tippy Lemmey, the only dog they have ever met with both a first and last name.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In 1951, in Templeton, TN, Leanne Martin and her friends Paul and Jeannie are at war with Tippy Lemmey, a dog that frightens them. Believing him to be vicious, they strategize to win their conflict with him, eventually asking Leanne's parents to intervene. The kids learn that Tippy is simply a puppy who wants to play, and that his owner is fighting in Korea. Leanne remains unconvinced about the dog's good intentions, but when the friends see thieves stealing him and other neighborhood dogs to sell across state, they rescue the animals and are rewarded when Tippy gets them out of a dangerous situation. The believable characters learn not to judge by appearances and end up great pals with the pup. This charming and humorous story moves along at a fast pace, making it perfect for readers just venturing into chapter-book territory. Evocative black-and-white illustrations effectively portray the children's changing perceptions of Tippy Lemmey. A delightful addition to any collection.-B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The time is 1951, the place is small-town Tennessee, and the country is at war with Korea. But seven-year-old Leandra and her friends have a war of their own: a dog is terrorizing them. Tippy Lemmey, the dog with a first and last name, barks and chases and generally makes Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie's lives very difficult. In this new addition to the Ready-for-Chapters series, McKissack tells the fast-paced story of friendship and acceptance. Leandra's father loves her "as much as heaven will allow" and both parents are solid and caring. Her father straddles that fine line between listening to his frightened daughter and allowing her to solve her own problems. Turns out the Lemmeys are raising Tippy Lemmey because the real owner, their son, is serving in the army in Korea. When Tippy Lemmey is stolen by dognappers intent on selling stolen dogs, the children are faced with a dilemma. On one hand, Tippy has made their lives difficult. On the other, their new friends, the Lemmeys, love their beloved son's dog. The children come to the dog's rescue and the dog comes to their rescue as well. The familiar situations and exciting plot will keep the pages turning, but the characters will stay with the new reader long after the story is put away. Short chapters, frequent pencil illustrations, generous font and white space are all hallmarks of a book for new chapter book readers, and this one is perfect on all counts. Best of breed. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756914325
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Ready-For-Chapters
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Goin' Someplace Special, a Coretta Scott King Award
winner; The Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Let My People Go, written with her
husband, Fredrick, and recipient of the NAACP Image Award; The Dark-Thirty, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner; and Mirandy and Brother Wind, recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Susan Keeter is a fine artist and illustrator with degrees in these subjects from Syracuse University. She illustrated The Piano by William Miller, which received the Best Picture Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International; and Tippy Lemmey by Patricia C. McKissack. Her paintings have been shown in both juried group shows and several one-person shows. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Seth, and their daughters, Sara and Emma.

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