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A boy wins over an abused, stray dog with persistence and love in this heartwarming story.

Thoughtful care goes into a child's efforts to help an abused dog learn to trust humans again. Stooping near the bush where the dog is hiding, offering scraps of food, and leaving an umbrella in a rainstorm all convince the dog that the child's offering of friendship is real. When Mom insists on putting up "lost dog" signs, the boy is worried. But in the end, the dog and child find a new friend in each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580898775
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 725,223
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tony Johnston is the author of over one hundred books for children, including The Cat with Seven Names, The Barn Owls, and The Harmonica. She has worked at a children's bookstore and taught a course on picture-book writing at UCLA. Johnston lives San Marino, California, where she grew up.

Jonathan Nelson is a Navajo graphic designer, graphic artist, and illustrator. He is Kiiyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan) and Naakai Dine'é (Mexican Clan). Johnny designs and creates art and illustrations with paints, pixels, and ballpoint pens. Jonathan lives outside Denver, Colorado.

Read an Excerpt

The Dog is there when I walk home from school. He's crouched in a bush. 
"Hey, Dog," I say.
All bones, he runs.
"I saw a dog," I tell my mom. "He looked hungry."
"Where is he?" she asks.
"By our big tree. But he ran."
We go to see, but the dog is gone. I leave water in my frisbee—for when he returns. For when. That's hope, Mom would say.

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