An idiosyncratic mash-up of canine lore, astronomy and the romance of the railroad, Sweet's (Carmine) tale wandersmuch like its titular character. Callously abandoned by the side of the road, a forlorn dog named Tupelo searches for a new home. She finds kindred spirits in a pack of dogs known as the BONEHEADS (the Benevolent Order of Nature's Exalted Hounds Earnest and Doggedly Sublime), who trust a friendly hobo known as Garbage Pail Tex to escort them, via boxcar, to better lives. Though events don't initially turn out as hoped, Tupelo eventually discovers where, and with whom, she belongs. The narrative momentum goes off track with a subplot about wishing on Sirius, the Dog Star. The small, crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast. A bounty of design extras include several fold-out spreads, a detailed timeline in dog years of dog heroes (from Balto to Lassie, from Old Yeller to Superman's dog, Krypto) and elegant endpapers featuring various constellations in the night sky. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Tupelo Rides the Railsby Melissa Sweet
Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places. See more details below
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Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.
K-Gr 3- A winsome story, full of lore and legend. Tupelo, a dog, is in search of a home with her sock toy, Mr. Bones. Fortunately, she meets up with the Bonehead gang, canines who, wishing upon the Dog Star, bury their bones and hope for the best. A tenderhearted hobo, Garbage Pail Tex, cares for the pack, riding the rails and finding homes (new and old) for his friends. The book opens with a time line of famous pups such as Argos, Odysseus's pet who waited "147 dog years for his master to return." Fans of the author's Carmine (Houghton, 2005) will immediately recognize the playful watercolor and mixed-media illustrations. As the dogs settle down for a long night's rail ride, Garbage Pail Tex conjures up the heroic tales of Lassie, Dorothy's Toto, and Superman's Krypto; and ends with a lullaby, "Oh give me a bone/and a yard I can roam...." No lean kibble, this book is packed with such meaty morsels as a map of the heavens, a note on the constellation Canis Major, cartoon collages, and a faux film-clip insert of Lassie. This is a richly rewarding book about the power of wishful thinking and kindness toward those most vulnerable. Tupelo is a sweet howl.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Sweet's beautifully detailed artwork, in watercolor and mixed-media, is packed with feeling and story." Booklist Starred, Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"[A] winsome tale laced with doggy humor...Fans of the popular stray-animal genre will bid her godspeed." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews
"...crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast." PW 4/21/08 Publishers Weekly
"...Sweet is a gifted storyteller, working magic in this story." Buffalo News
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Meet the Author
Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine, not far from E.B. White's famous barn and farm. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.
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