A hound dog named George helps the new owners of a farm as they adjust to life in the country.
When Farmer Fritz retires and moves away, his dog is left behind to help the new owners when they arrive from the city. The Gladstone family of four includes the parents and two children, a boy named Owen and his sister, Olive. Owen appears to be about 8 or 9, and Olive looks 3 or 4 She is described in the text as Owen’s “baby sister,” who is just saying her first word, but those indications do not match her age as shown in the illustrations. Farmer Fritz is white; the Gladstones all have dark hair and pale skin. George assists the new owners with tractor maintenance and herding cows, but he becomes a hero when he uses his scent-tracking ability to find the missing Olive, off having a tea party with a chicken. George eventually gets the farm running smoothly and finds his true calling watching over Olive. A clever subplot shows the “wily cows” engaging in various escapades to get out into the cornfields for a feast. Humorous illustrations include lots of funny details and action as well as an appealing personality for lovable George.
A clever story somewhat brought down by Olive’s mismatched ages between text and illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)