A country dog's life must be heaven, don't you think? Engaging in mischief, playing around, spending your time in the countryside making friends. Now you can join that rambunctious black Labrador Sally as she gets the chance to do all this and more in Stephen Huneck's playful new book. Sally's told she's going to the farm, and after a long drive, she and her owner finally arrive. Oh, the sights and smells! She makes lots of friends there, including a new dog named Molly, a friendly cow called Bessie whose milk Sally gets to drink, and a congenial but quiet scarecrow. Sally and Molly also chow down with the pig Penelope and help out with the farm work, but after a gray goose chases them around, they decide to head inside and have a little pie before nap time.
Carefree Sally is just the remedy for a case of boredom. This book brims with the feel of farm life, and Huneck's stylish, rustic woodcut prints capture the mood perfectly. Simple text will invite children to read the book themselves, and Sally will get them taking notice of how dogs like to do things (even if they don't have a dog themselves). A happy book dedicated to "America's farmers and their faithful dogs," Sally Goes to the Farm will surely get those tails a-wagging! (Matt Warner)