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Grade 2-4–This illustrated biography reads like a story. In 1928, 20-year-old Morris Frank, who had lost his sight four years earlier, traveled to Europe like a package. Onboard the steamship, he was dependent on attendants to take him from place to place and locked in his cabin at night. His life changed, however, when he reached his destination, Vevey, Switzerland, where American dog trainer Dorothy Harrison Eustis and her colleague Jack Humphrey were waiting to teach him to work with the German shepherd he eventually christened Buddy. The narrative clearly conveys the trials of man and dog as they learned to trust one another, and the beginnings of Morris's work to bring guide dogs to the United States. The book ends on a high note with Morris crossing a dangerous street in New York City to demonstrate Buddy's reliability to the press. An afterword summarizes the rest of his crusade, which culminated in the establishment of a school named The Seeing Eye and the passage of legislation allowing guide dogs in public places. Although Ettlinger's illustrations highlight important moments, they pale in comparison to the appended archival photos of Morris and Buddy. Eva Moore's Buddy (Scholastic, 1996) covers much of the same material, but tells the story more from the dog's perspective.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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In this true story, a young blind man travels from New York to Switzerland in search of independence. Sightless since a boxing accident four years earlier in 1924, 20-year-old Morris Frank embarks on a transatlantic voyage to meet a dog trainer who teaches him to get around with a carefully trained German shepherd. The clearly written story details the difficulties and satisfactions Frank encounters as he learns to work with his dog, Buddy, and to trust him with his life. After completion of the training, Frank returns home with plans to start a guide dog program in the U.S. From full-page illustrations to small vignettes, nicely delineated drawings warmed with color washes give this slim volume an inviting look. An afterword, illustrated with captioned photos, tells what happened to Frank and Buddy after they returned to the U.S., including Frank's founding of the Seeing Eye School. Books and Internet sites are appended. A fresh and engaging nonfiction choice. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1st ptg edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807552844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807552841
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Becky Hall grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. After getting married, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she has been a teacher for many years. Now she is a school librarian and writes books for kids. She published A is for Arches which was a finalist for the Beehive Book Awards. Her next book was Morris and Buddy, the Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog. She has a third book under contract and has recently completed a young adult novel. Several more novels are in process. Check back for more books from Becky in the future!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Murphy on August 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully written and illustrated book that details the struggles and victories of Morris Frank a blind pioneer and advocate for the handicapable, who imported and introduced the concept of guide dogs to America. This well researched book tells little side stories in addition to the main drama about Morris Frank that makes the reader think...but never is so presumptuous as to tell the them what to think....such at Morris's first voyage across the Atlantic to meet his mentor, and because he was blind and no one wanted to assume responsibility, he was labeled as "cargo." It makes one wonder who are the truly blind in this society. This book captivated me and had me rooting for Morris Frank and his guide dog Buddy the whole while, until his final victory where I gave them and all those concerned with this book a standing ovation. Bravo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Norman on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Long before the term "handicapped access" was invented, Morris Frank, feeling constrained by his recent blindness, set off on a precarious trip across the Atlantic to learn about guide dogs. This book tells of Frank's journey and training as he meets and learns to trust his new friend, Buddy. This well-researched nonfiction book reads like a novel, bringing Frank and Buddy to life as they overcome obstacles, eventually becoming an unstoppable team. I've been fascinated by guide dogs ever since I read James Garfield's "Follow My Leader" as a child. I know I would have enjoyed this book just as much.
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By Mygsasha on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Book that would not have found if I had not met a blind friend.
It introduces us to the world of blind people.
The change of life which is its new status and loss of independence.
It is the story of a young man fighting and get back to be part of this independence was lost.
The begining of training dogs in America to assist blind,so that they can lead a more dignified life.
Morris will go look for that new life and help others.
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Format: Hardcover
Blind and alone, Morris spent his life being shuttled around like luggage and lacking independence - until he hears about the possibility of a `seeing eye' dog who helped veterans cope with blindness after battle. His pursuit of independence would inspire a host of others in this moving story which reads like fiction with all its drama, but holds true facts about the first seeing eye dog.
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By wolverton on January 29, 2009
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This is the sweetest little book about the founding of the seeing eye dog foundation. And, of course, it's the true story of Rin Tin Tin! It's mostly a childrens book, it was published in the nineteen fifties and being the guardian of a German Shepherd Dog the book is very dear to my heart.
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