The Friskative Dog

The Friskative Dog

by Susan Straight
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Overview

The Friskative Dog by Susan Straight

Sharron was five when her father gave her the Friskative Dog. And just like the best-loved toys from The Velveteen Rabbit, Sharron has made the Friskative Dog real through her love and devotion.

Now Sharron is nine, and her father is missing, and the Friskative Dog is more necessary to her than ever. Her father walked out about a year ago and has been lost to her ever since. If he were a dog, he'd be able to find his way home, Sharron thinks. But people don't have the same homing instincts as dogs. And you can't train them to be true.

The Friskative Dog is about a young girl coming to accept that families can take all different shapes and sizes, and learning to live with hope and patience.

Susan Straight has written a spare, delicate story, rich in metaphor and meaning, and full of love.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307485144
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 944,408
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Straight is the author of many highly acclaimed novels for adults, including Highwire Moon, a National Book Award Nominee, and I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots. She lives in California with her three daughters.


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Friskative Dog 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sharron loves dogs more than just about anything in the world. Her favorite dog of all is the Friskative Dog.

Sharron's dad gave her the Friskative Dog when she was very little. Sure, he may be a stuffed animal to most people, but to Sharron he is real and just as much a part of the family as an actual dog would be. Especially since Sharron's dad left a year ago. Sometimes it seems like the Friskative Dog is the only connection to her dad that Sharron has left.

One day the Friskative Dog disappears, and Sharron's world, both real and imagined, begina to come crashing down. Who would take her dog? And why? And without her dog, how will she feel connected to her dad? Why would he leave them, anyway? Sharron is starting to ask the questions that everyone has been avoiding for a year now. And the answers could redefine how all of them feel about family and safety.

This is a sweet story about the strength of faith and hope, and the power of family, no matter what shape that family takes. It's also a really good book for reluctant readers -- it's easy to read and understand, without being particularly condescending. My only concern is that the characters are a bit stereotypical; however, the underlying message is a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want it sooo bad! :)))))))