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Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch Hardcover – April 29, 2008
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“Barasch's watercolors bring this historical dog to endearing life.” ―Miami Herald
“Readers will be captivated by Owney's journey from hungry and homeless to beloved guardian of the mail trains... sure to develop a loyal following among lovers of dog stories.” ―Starred, School Library Journal
“Ever alert and increasingly covered in tags attached at his many stopovers, this small dog makes an engaging centerpiece.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Kudos to Kerby who...did plenty of research for this kid-friendly history. . . . The Ink-and-watercolor paintings, ranging from two-page spreads to vignettes, are varied and interesting.” ―Booklist
“Watercolor-and-ink sketches warmly illustrate the mixed-breed terrier and showcase the varied architectural styles that housed post offices around the country.” ―Horn Book
“This is a versatile little doggy number: it could also serve as a readaloud . . . or it could serve as an offbeat springboard to explorations of travel or even the postal system.” ―Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
About the Author
MONA KERBY has written many acclaimed books for children. She lives in Westminster, Maryland. LYNNE BARASCH is the author/illustrator of several picture books, including Radio Rescue, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The men took him home, thinking he'd like a family, but no way. Owney was a postman. One time a sack of mail went missing, right along with Owney, and no one could touch it save a man in a blue wool uniform. He "was not about to turn over government property to just anybody." Owney was into postal trains too and off he went to New York City, making the postal men very sad. Several months later he came home. The men put a note on him that said: Dear Railway Postmen: Owney guards the U.S. Mail. Will you let us know where he has been? Please attach your depot tag to his collar." Across the states and around the world ... in this book you'll find out just where Owney went!
This is an unusual biography of a dog who loved the men in the blue wool postal uniforms and became their beloved mascot. This is a heartwarming tale of a dog that will appeal to many. It is well written and researched and the watercolors are as appealing as the tale. There is a brief biography and a couple of pictures of the real life Owney included. This is a marvelous read alone or read aloud story that will thrill everyone. All aboard, here comes Owney!
This appealing and informative story, based on historical records, offers teachers and parents an excellent vehicle for teaching about a subject that children may otherwise find abstract or uninteresting: the economic role of government. The book may even inspire children to take a field trip to the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, which houses Owney's preserved body and displays a bronze statue of Owney at the front door with a sign to rub Owney for good luck. Motivating children to learn about public sector workers and services doesn't get much better than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My little girl LOVES this book....she checked it out at the library and liked it so much that she wanted to buy it.Published 2 months ago by Natalie Emigholz
Owney The Mail-Pouch Pooch is the true story about a scruffy little dog who lived in the 1890's. He was a little stray who only wanted a nice dry place to sleep, out of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by trishaa
Love the story. When the Smithsonian was building an "Owney" exhibit in Washington I wanted to know more. Great book.Published 21 months ago by Barbara Ann Montgomery
My daughter checked out this book at her school library and loved it so much that I had to buy it for her. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Holly
Students like stories about dogs. The adventures Owney displays are exciting and students follow the story line to the end of the book.Published on September 6, 2013 by PEARLS