The Winner's Walk
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The Winner's Walk

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by Nancy Ruth Patterson, Thomas F. Yezerski
     
 

Case Callahan isn't a star swimmer like his sister, Quinn. He's not a champion horse trainer like his father, or a popular stage actor like his mother. Still, Case is determined to make his mark. But one effort after another – talent show, science fair, junior horse show – is a terrible failure. It isn't until Case comes upon a lost dog that he finds

Overview

Case Callahan isn't a star swimmer like his sister, Quinn. He's not a champion horse trainer like his father, or a popular stage actor like his mother. Still, Case is determined to make his mark. But one effort after another – talent show, science fair, junior horse show – is a terrible failure. It isn't until Case comes upon a lost dog that he finds his path to success. The dog, whom Case names Noah, is certainly one of a kind – what other golden retriever can answer the telephone and put dishes in the dishwasher? Together Case and Noah seem destined to become a trophy-winning team. Noah, however, is so smart because he was trained to be a service dog, and when Case learns about his dog's past, he realizes there is more than one way to be a winner.

With thoughtful black-and-white illustrations, this is the perfect story for any child who has struggled to discover his talents – and for any dog lover.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Case is a sympathetic, appealing hero, and readers will root for him as he makes an important decision that shows what being a winner is really about.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Patterson evokes both laughter and tears in this tender chapter book. Unforgettable.” —Booklist

“Satisfying.” —School Library Journal

“Thoughtful.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Action-packed. This solid book will appeal to young animal lovers.” —The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Case Callahan comes from a family of winners. He has not experienced the winning sensation himself yet but he feels confident that will soon change. Case believes that in the next month he will have three chances to prove himself. Unfortunately, he falls (literally in one instance) just short every time. It is not until Case befriends Noah, a stray golden retriever, that his luck begins to change. Noah is no ordinary dog. He fetches like a champ, answers the phone, and even puts dishes in the dishwasher. Case soon discovers that Noah is also easily trainable. Case trains Noah to run an agility course similar to a horse-jumping course and Noah masters it easily. They enter and win a contest. This leads to a photo in the newspaper and Case now feels like a winner. The photo also leads to a phone call from Noah's previous owner. Case finds out that Noah was trained to be a service dog for handicapped people. This answers many questions about Noah and takes Case down the path of discovering what a real "winner" is and what one does. This is a great book about family, friendship, and selflessness. It is a recommended read.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Case is used to hearing the thunder of applause for his mother's acting skills, his father's horse-jumping championships, and his sister's swimming accomplishments. He is looking for his moment in the spotlight, and is sure that at least one upcoming event will provide the opportunity. However, hilarious mishaps ensue at the talent show and the science fair, and he breaks his arm at the junior horse show. He can't even burp the alphabet like his friend Harry. Things finally start to look up when a stray dog follows him home. No ordinary canine, Noah can answer the telephone and turn out the lights. When Case starts winning agility trials with the pup, he finally hears the applause that he has craved. His winning days are short-lived, however, when he learns that Noah is a service dog to a disabled girl. Case must then face the difficult decision of choosing what is best for the dog and placing someone else's needs before his own. Black-and-white watercolor illustrations add to this satisfying, though somewhat predictable chapter book.-Michele Shaw, formerly at Yorkshire Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Everyone in Case Callahan's family is a winner-except for Case. He drops a ball while juggling in the talent show, his model heart explodes during the science fair and he breaks his arm during a horse-riding competition. Then a dog shows up on the family property, and Case's mom agrees to let him stay-at least temporarily. Case realizes that the dog, named Noah, is special; when Case sees him pick up a ringing phone, he can't believe it. The two enter an agility contest and win, but this leads to a call from Noah's previous owner. Noah was actually trained to help handicapped children, and it's up to Case to decide whether or not to keep him. Although the primary characters are well-realized here, some of the secondary characters are a bit thin, and a sudden friendship with a more popular boy from school is somewhat surprising. However, Case is a sympathetic, appealing hero, and readers will root for him as he makes an important decision that shows what being a winner is really about. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374384456
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

NANCY RUTH PATTERSON has written three other novels for children, including A Simple Gift. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia. THOMAS F. YEZERSKI has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, among them Jane Cutler's Rose and Riley books. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.

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