POLE DOG by Tres Seymour

POLE DOG

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``Old dog, old dog,/ Left by the telephone pole dog/ They're coming back for their old dog''--but, as is often the case, they're not. Seymour's brief text has an urgent cadence connoting the dog's anxiety and hope; his repetitive phrases, varied with the dog's experiences of hunger, fear (he's shot at), and cold, reflect ``Pole Dog's'' increasing dejection. Point made, there's a happy ending suitable for a young audience: a new family adopts this dog--but an appended note on what's more likely to happen to such animals urges children to call an animal shelter if they see an abandoned pet. Soman (Tell Me a Story, Mama, 1989) provides lovely double-spread art, rendered in pastels, evoking the scenic but desolate site at different times of day and the abandoned animal with equal skill. Poignantly telling. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-531-05470-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993




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