A Dog of Flanders

A Dog of Flanders


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A Dog of Flanders by Ouida, Harriet Golden

Marie Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908) wrote many popular novels of adventure and romance in the 1870s and 80s under the pen name of Ouida, among them such well-known works as Under Two Flags and Held in Bondage. She also produced a number of captivating stories for youngsters. One of the best, A Dog of Flanders, is presented in this handsome edition — complete, unabridged, and newly set in large, easy-to-read type with six original black-and-white illustrations by Harriet Golden.
First published in 1872, A Dog of Flanders tells the moving story of Nello, a gentle boy with aspirations of becoming a painter, and Patrasche — his devoted Belgian work dog. The two, along with Nello's grandfather, live in a little village near Antwerp where Nello's idol, the artist Rubens, once worked. Nello and Patrasche suffer countless hardships — poverty, hunger, cruelty, and rejection. But they persevere in the face of adversity, up to their tragic, bittersweet end.
Rich in the sentiment of its Romantic tradition, yet convincing in its portrayal of both human and animal nature, this touching classic has tugged at the heartstrings of readers and listeners alike for generations. It remains one of the nineteenth century's most imaginative and arresting works of fiction for children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486270876
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 562,677
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

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A dog of Flanders: a Christmas story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a beautiful story!
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, on a video that we watched there was an advertisement for an animated version of A Dog of Flanders that looked good. I went back to the video store and found a copy of A Dog of Flanders, but when we got it home it was a live action version. We watched it anyway and enjoyed it. De la Ramee, an English woman of French extraction, wrote many romance novels that were popular in her day and several captivating stories for youngsters. Originally published in 1872, A Dog of Flanders, considered an exceptional example of sentimental literature, tells the story of a young Flemish boy named Nello, who lives in a small village outside Antwerp. One day he finds an overworked, forsaken cart dog that was left by its cruel master to die on the side of the road. Nello and his grandfather, an old retired soldier, feed the dog, which they name Patrasche, and nurse it back to health. In return, it helps them to carry the villagers' milk into Antwerp to sell. The boy has a talent for drawing, hoping someday to become a painter, and longs to see the great masterpiece by Peter Paul Reubens in the cathedral at Antwerp, but he is poor and has no money to purchase a ticket. Furthermore, his best friend in the village is a girl named Alois, but her father, the local miller, considers his station to be above that of Nello and his grandfather, so he forbids Alois from seeing Nello any longer, although he holds dear a portrait of Alois that Nello had drawn on a piece of wood. In his dislike of Nello, the miller even holds him responsible for a fire that started one night when Nello brought Alois a toy that he had found, but towards the end, the boy repays the evil of Alois's father with good by returning a large sum of money that the miller had dropped in the snow. To make some money of his own, especially after the townspeople will no longer let him sell their milk because of the miller's influence, Nello enters one of his drawings in a contest at Antwerp. In the genre of sentimental literature, realism and credibility are subordinate to grand emotional tragedy, and A Dog of Flanders, sometimes called "the first modern dog story," is certainly a very sad tale. However, there is much tenderness too and important lessons can be learned from both the good and bad character traits exemplified, especially as Nello and Patrasche suffer countless hardships of poverty, hunger, cruelty, rejection, and even the death of the grandfather but persevere in the face of adversity up to where finally Nello realizes one of his dreams in their bittersweet end. There are a few references to drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, but otherwise there is nothing objectionable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i haven't read this yet, but i plan to. i've watched the movie though and i LOVED it. i wanted to cry. ha ha. don't wanna spoil it for ya, but read it!