"Waite and Ito have created a book that will be read and reread often, not only because of its felicitous blend of words and pictures, but also because children will readily identify with the dog who works so hard to make an adult listen. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
Based, according to the author's note, on a Japanese folktale from a medieval scroll, this story features Jojofu (or ``Heroine''), the ``bravest and smartest hunting dog in the land.'' Jojofu is the young Takumi's favorite among his many dogs, all of whom he loves ``as if they were his own children.'' Even though it looks as if Jojofu is leading him into danger, she is actually saving him: from a landslide, a misstep off a mist-shrouded cliff, and the jaws of a serpent.
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