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About the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written and edited more than sixty books for children and adults. He enjoyed his childhood trips to the country so much that he moved there, and now lives on one hundred forested acres in central Ohio.

Marc Burckhardt’s work has appeared on several book jackets and in many publications, including ROLLING STONE, the NEW YORK TIMES, and TIME magazine. This is his first picture book. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763621404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763621407
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,518,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some five dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including THE FOREVER FLOWERS; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and three books of haiku on dogs, birds, and THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Cat Lovers.
For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.


for lots more about MY DOG!, including recipes, training tips, cool projects, games, and so forth: www.workman.com/mydog

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Levy on October 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I learned the hard way there's a difference between rustic and rural. I lived for a blissful 18 months on the edge of Pennsylvania's Amish country, as hilly and bucolic as an Andrew Wyeth landscape, peopled by artisans, Quakers, and that quaint throwback, the gentleman farmer.

A move to central Florida revealed the sparse reality for most of rural America -- endless, flat vistas dotted with factory farms, rusting double-wides and the ubiquitous Wal-Mart, a purgatory of sameness and palpable despondence.

Fortunately, Rosen's jaunt takes us to that first America, still found in states as varied as New Hampshire or North Carolina, where swift changes in landscape and pace make for a true escape.

Rosen has crafted a travelogue narrated by a kid, and it's a joyful Sunday drive to nowhere in particular, and everyplace special. Rosen's gift for language could elevate a fortune cookie to the sublime, and what could've been merely a chattery boy in a car becomes at times a prose poem, rich with imagery and wordplay.

Rosen's one of those rare authors who can write convincingly with a kids' voice, remaining true to the inconsistencies and verbal shortcuts kids take without sounding cutesy.

Nor do we get shortchanged by the story itself; it's a sophisticated piece of description as we wind through the country, stopping along the way, getting acquainted with the boy's family and surroundings, but not once does he stretch our belief in the loquacious narrator.

Burckhardt's illustrations are crackled acrylics done on boards, and look like antique shop signs you might buy at an antique stand by the side of a country road.
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