A young dog discovers the impact of deforestation on the local wildlife in this second installment of a series.
One morning, when Sagebrush wakes to do her chores, she becomes enchanted by the spring air and wanders into the woods, past the white ranch owner who cares for her. The corgi treks farther than she should and encounters the Shuns, tiny woodland folks who look after the forest. The Shuns don’t trust humans, who cut down their trees. Sagebrush can’t understand how her mistress could be so good and other people so bad. But soon she sees the damage the loggers have done to the forest. The next day, when they return, Sagebrush dashes up the mountain to rescue the Shuns. In this text-heavy picture book, Franks (Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush, 2016) presents the environmental angle fairly, mentioning that humans use wood for things they need—paper, homes, furniture. But she also shows characters feeling helpless at the thought of stopping industry. Budding ecologists are likely to press this issue in conversations with parents or teachers: why can’t something be done to save the forest? Why wouldn’t humans want to replant the trees? Rodriguez (A Kingdom’s Story, 2017, etc.) creates superb facial expressions for Sagebrush in the delightful cartoon illustrations; the work could use even more images. Her depiction of the two Shuns reveals just the type of heroes any kid would like to find in the backyard.
A charming addition to the charismatic pup’s ranch adventures.