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Little Dog, Lost Kindle Edition
Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan.
Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands what a dog really needs.
Mr. LaRue is a neighbor who needs a community. He’s alone all the time in his huge old house—and everyone needs more than that.
Over the course of a summer thunderstorm and one chaotic town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a timeless tale ripe with emotions. They’ll realize they all need the same things: love, understanding, and a sense of belonging—plus a place to play a game of fetch!
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Little black dog with brown paws
and a brown mask
and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum
just beneath her black whip of a tail.
Ears like airplane wings
just at the tips.
She used to be called Buddy
until no one called her anything at all.
“Hey, you!” maybe.
Names to run from.
Buddy wasn’t always lost.
Once she owned a boy.
It was the boy who named her.
(“I know she’s a girl,” he’d say,
“but she’s my buddy anyway.”)
Her boy threw a ball
until Buddy flopped
onto her belly
in the tickling grass
between her paws,
her tongue as limp
Come and get it, her grin always said,
and then I’ll chase some more.
The boy used to take Buddy’s pointy face
between his hands
and kiss her on the lips,
just like that.
When Buddy was quick,
she could get in a lick
at the exact moment
of the kiss.
The boy would say, “Arghhh!”
and wipe his mouth
with the back of his hand.
Then he’d kiss Buddy
on the lips
Buddy and her boy
were perfectly matched
and perfectly happy
not even the sweetest love,
can be certain
forever. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
* "Wholly satisfying.... A perfect selection for pet lovers new to chapter books and anyone who just enjoys a cheerful dog story.", Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “The rapid, immediate free verse will grab readers with first the longing and loneliness and then, on contrast, the boy and dog in bliss. Great for sharing with pet lovers.”, Booklist, starred review
“Marion Dane Bauer delicately showcases yearning in so many hearts, human and animal. Buddy, a female dog so named by her first owner because she was his buddy, loses one home and moves through another before emerging as a much-loved Ruby at the end. Telling the story in short poems, which highlight central characters, allows Bauer to make the story accessible to many different readers. The lines can dwell on Buddy's cute ears or the “eyes as blue as a Caribbean sea” of a lonely older man, or the wonderful dog-dominating skills of a cat named Fido. A great read-aloud.”, Chicago Tribune
"Newbery Honor–author Bauer (On My Honor) crafts distinct voices for each character and develops a strong sense of place in the close-knit town of Erthly. . . . Any child who has ever longed for a pet or tried to convince a parent to give in to a dear wish will identify with Mark.", Publishers Weekly
"Written in poetry form, this title is a wonderful story for dog lovers and those who like a little mystery—the reader does not find out until the end of the book how each character’s story relates others. This is perfect for a read-aloud or to read alone.", Library Media Connection
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Little Dog, Lost (Atheneum, 2012) by Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer is the heartwarming story of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy—a match made in heaven if only the two can meet! This touching novel in verse will captivate readers. A guide for the novel including discussion questions, simile and persuasive letter writing activities, and more is available free (http://www.mariondanebauer.com/bkpages/bk_littledog.html). Grades 3-7.
SLM, September 2012 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B005C7CWNY
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 15605 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #978,853 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You find yourself pulling for the dog and you hope he finds someone to love and care for him.