Miriam has always wanted a dog. But times are hard, and her father's health problems mean that there's very little money left for luxuries after feeding the family and paying for medical bills. When her neighbor's dog has puppies, Miriam spends as much time as she can playing with them, and pretending they are hers. But when tragedy strikes, and only one tiny pup is left alive, it is up to Miriam to find someone to care for him.
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|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Gwen Walker: beloved wife, mother of six, grandmother to 26 grandchildren, dog-lover, writer, friend, believer. She resides in Heaven with her Lord Jesus Christ, and is missed by all who loved her. She never got the chance to see her book published.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite He Whistles for the Cricket by Gwen Walker is the story of a little girl, Miriam, who always wanted to have a dog. Dogs and Miriam have always gotten along, but right now there is no way she can have one as her father’s medical bills did not allow them to indulge in luxuries. So when Queenie has puppies, Miriam makes sure that she always goes there and plays with them. One day when Miriam wakes up, she sees that the creek waters have risen. She runs to see the pups and finds Queenie whining over a pile of sodden puppy corpses. The ten-year-old is heartbroken, but then she realizes that one pup is alive; the one she had kept on top of the pile of burlap bags. She knows now that the three of them - Queenie, Miriam, and the pup - are a circle and they need each other. Queenie also passes and now Miriam needs to save the pup and find someone to take care of him. Will she find a good home to leave the pup safely? The story is poignant and heartwarming and Miriam's angst and pain are palpable to readers. Dog and animal lovers will be able to relate well to Miriam's feelings, and the characters in the story are real and relatable. There are many moving moments and it is a book that can be used for bedtime story-telling by parents and grandparents. The book is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and it is a great storybook for children.