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Along Came a Dog (Harper Trophy Books) Paperback – September 24, 1980


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harper Trophy Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 24, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064401146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064401142
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(The story) is treated by the author with delicacy and strength in lovely and lucid prose." -- -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A moving story, full of suspense." -- -- The Horn Book

About the Author

Meindert DeJong is the award-winning author of many classic books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Wheel On The Schooland the Newbery Honor-winning Along Came A Dog, Shadrach,and The House Of Sixty Fathers, all available in Harper Trophy editions and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Among Mr. Sendak's other popular books is his Caldecott Medal-winning Where The Wild Things Are.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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His other books are favorites as well.
Bryan
I recommend this book for all ages, as well as any other Meindert De Jong books.
MelloCello
A wonderful story of friendship, courage, and determination.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Turtleback
This is a lovely, sensitive story about a lonely dog searching for a home and the friendless little red hen he loves and protects. The author tells the story from the dog's and the hen's points of view, displaying a keen understanding of animal behavior. Sensitive children will identify with the protagonists, and it is impossible to avoid caring deeply about the fate of the two friends as the reader is drawn into their world. The story is suspenseful without being too scary for young children, and also includes a valuable message about accepting those who are "different." I loved this story as a youngster, and borrowed it dozens of times from my elementary school library. I just re-discovered it now at 36 years of age (I had assumed that it was out of print). It has not lost any of it's charm in the 25 years since I last read it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leslie S. Crawfordfinney on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book to my almost 7 year old who is homeschooled. It is very well written, great literature, lots of information about chickens and their behavior, good social studies and would be a great read aloud for someone studying chickens and eggs and all that good stuff. I really wanted to post a review for the book and give a little warning to parents who might have sensitive children, that there are some graphic parts to the book which I was not expecting. I had to do some serious editing and skipping of paragraphs so as not to upset my daughter. Mauling, thrashings, toes falling off, chickens hanging themselves etc. It has a very sweet heart but it may not be for animal loving sensitive children.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
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I loved the story! Anyone who has lived with a dog and knows the behavior and emotions a dog is capable of can relate to this book. It is a tender story of compassion and acceptance.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MelloCello on May 20, 2001
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Meindert De Jong is a master of simple yet powerful stories. Ordinary settings, with ordinary people, tell extraordinary tales of love, fear, friendship and survival. You cannot read a De Jong book without tears flowing and Happiness triumphing in the end. I recommend this book for all ages, as well as any other Meindert De Jong books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1997
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Our children ages 6 & 9 enjoy reading and re-reading this one. Unlikely as it sounds this is a love story about a stray dog and a lame hen, told with such keen observation and intuition that a reader can empathize with both creatures. Anyone who has ever watched canine or chicken behaviour will immediately recognize these protagonists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
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I think that Along Came A Dog is very inspiring!Every time you put it down(which is not many times)it leaves you wondering "what going to happen next?"I think this would be at the top of the list,if kids like me could get there hands on it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on August 4, 2011
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This year will be my 10th year reading this book outloud at the dining room table! It should be mandatory reading for every 6 grade girl (they can be kind of mean at times!) My children beg for this yearly tradition! It is a great reminder about the acceptance of difference and always sparks many conversations around the table! I hope you'll take the time to enjoy this classic! His other books are favorites as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
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I think that Along Came A Dog is very inspiring!Every time you put it down(which is not many times)it leaves you wondering "what going to happen next?"I think this would be at the top of the list,if kids like me could get there hands on it!!!
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