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A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray Paperback – January 1, 2007
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In this box set, discover the life and times of five icons of black history and celebrate the difference they made in the world. Hardcover
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I think that anyone who loves dogs should read this book because it is just the best book I've ever read. I'm nine years old and I'm obsessed with dogs. A Dog's Life was so good I could hardly put it down.
There were a lot of emotional ups and downs in the book. I think the writer gave very good details so you could see a really good picture in your mind.
I was so inspired by this book that I have now written a book about the life of a horse!
I have been a fan of Ann M. Martin for over thirteen-years, since her BABY-SITTERS CLUB days. And, as an avid animal lover, and the proud parent of three handicapped cats that I rescued from shelters, I was ecstatic to stumble upon A DOG'S LIFE. While it will bring a tear to your eye, and often cause you to put the book down for a breather, A DOG'S LIFE tells the brutal life of a stray animal. The abuse they take at the mercy of the hands of humans - both kind and unkind - and what they go through on a daily basis simply to find food. Told in first person - or dog - narrative by Squirrel, Martin has woven a remarkable novel for readers of all ages that will touch the hearts of all, and bring about hope that maybe, someday, all animals will live in peace, and none will be left "unwanted."
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One day, Squirrel's mother doesn't return to the shed. Bone and Squirrel wait for her, but she is gone. Though they miss her dreadfully, Bone decides to do some exploring and Squirrel tags along. They attempt to cross a busy highway and narrowly miss getting hit. Two people stop and pick up the puppies, but their help is short-lived. After only one night of accidents, howling and trash diving, the puppies get tossed out in a mall parking lot. A shopper decides to take Bone home, but leaves Squirrel, who is now alone.
Squirrel learns to survive. She must discover food to fill her empty belly and find shelter from the drenching rain and frigid cold. She continually must be on watch for the starving dog packs and other aggressive animals, and is always wary of people and their cars. Every now and then, she finds a kind human --- like the boy who feeds her chicken, the women who leave out plates of food in the parking lot, and the gentle vet who sets her broken leg. But will Squirrel ever find a human to love, one who needs Squirrel just as much as Squirrel needs her and is willing to give Squirrel a good home?
Prepare to shed some tears as you read Squirrel's story. This heart-touching tale really brings to light the serious problem of homeless animals.Read more ›
The book I'm reviewing is A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin. The setting is mostly in towns and woods.
It all starts for Squirrel in a wheelbarrow. Her mother has many puppies but only two survived, Squirrel and her brother Bone. They live in a shed never entered by humans. As they grew their mother taught them how to hunt and feed off garbage heaps. But one day Mother leaves and never returns. Bone and Squirrel leave their shed and travel a long way when they stand before a highway with cars zooming by. Suddenly a car screeches to a stop and a married couple step out. They adopt Squirrel and Bone. Squirrel and Bone are later thrown out of the married couple's car once again strays. Bone is separated from Squirrel in the mall parking lot and they may never see each other again. But it's not all to bad. Squirrel meets a dog named Moon. Will she ever find Bone?
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I really liked this book because it's told from a dog's point of view instead of a human's. It also has a great vocabulary word choice so it's more interesting. It may not keep you on the edge of your seat but it will make you want to read more. It's sad at some points for example, Squirrel and Bone's mother leaves and never returns when they are just puppies and still have much to learn before they can be on their own in the woods. There is also some happy parts in it like, Squirrel and Moon meeting when Squirrel thinks she'll be alone for the rest of her life. Their travels are filled with fear of predators, excitement and kindness shown by town residents. This book was great in my opinion!
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Sometimes along the way to new places Squirrel and Moon get into some fights with desperate dogs in search of food.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an unexpectedly delightful book to read. I found it to be a sweet, well written story. It is written from the unique perspective of a stray dog. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
i use this in my reading class for 8th graders. they love that the first-person point of view is actually a dog's "narration. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Veronica Hall
Love the book best book ever it is amazing I am 11 and loved it so much fun to readPublished 1 month ago by Linda S. Jakresky
My son loves animal stories and this looked like a good, quality story for him to use as part of his nightly reading assignment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ESmith
A wonderful story that any animal lover would enjoy reading. For pet owners, I think we all think about how our pets feel and how they think and also if they are a rescued animal,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a haunting tale......stayed with me long after I finished the book!Published 2 months ago by Alison J. Gratton
This was a great book, it really gives you some perspective on what a dog's life is likePublished 2 months ago by Michael B