Books by Ainslie Manson

A DOG CAME, TOO by Ainslie Manson
Released: April 30, 1993

Known only as ``Our Dog,'' this faithful animal followed Alexander Mackenzie, plus the voyageurs and ``native'' guides who accompanied him, across Canada to the Pacific when he reached it in 1793—``the first European to cross North America by land.'' Based on Mackenzie's journals, the straightforward narrative tells how the big brown dog made his way on foot since there was no room for him in the canoes, and how he kept watch at night, warned of wolves or bears, and retrieved a swan shot for food or a dropped paddle from a swift river. At one point, the dog (perhaps overtired) was missing when it was time to go on; amazingly, he followed the river and met the overjoyed Mackenzie and his party on their return journey. The clarity of design and economy of detail that Blades brings to her translucent watercolors perfectly suit this attractive historical tale of affection between men and a dog. Likable, unsentimentalized, and of broad appeal. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10) Read full book review >