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The Dog Who Walked with God Hardcover – April 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763604704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763604707
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rosen's (Down to Earth) disjointed retelling of a Kato creation legend describes a time in which land, animals and man have all been washed away; now the Great Traveler, with a dog as his companion, is recreating the world from its vast waters. In first-timer Fellows's dramatic watercolors, the vague gray figure of Great Traveler emerges from the darkness to join his dog, fully formed and in color. Sometimes Great Traveler takes the shape of a giant, his fingers holding a birch tree between them or piling a giant pillar of rocks, other times he stands man-sized atop a cliff or strolls through a field. The ambiguity of the deity may be confusing to readers, who will likely be most at home with the breathtaking landscapes and insets of wildlife. In a stunning spread, Fellows effectively uses a sketch-journal approach, reminiscent of da Vinci's, to chronicle the making of man. This technique?pencil drawings with a judicious use of brown watercolor wash?suggests shadows of things to come, ideas of beings not yet materialized. Rosen's text, which purportedly echoes the cadence of a Kato man's narration recorded in 1906, is less effective and comes off as clumsy (e.g., " 'For what shall I make the sun?' he said, they say, and he decided fire, for heat"). Gaps in logic may trouble readers, too (e.g., why is the Great Traveler so perplexed by his own creation? And why was the world wiped out to begin with?). Visual feast though this may be, it is best served alongside other creation myths to help readers grapple with the discrepancies. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4ADrawn from the mythology of the Kato Indians, an Athapascan people of northern California, the lush, poetic text of this creation myth retains the musical cadence and pictorial language of a storyteller. It describes the re-creation of the world after an all-destroying flood. The godlike Great Traveler, accompanied by his dog, descends to Earth; builds the mountains from gray clay; places plants and trees everywhere; restores the clouds, fog, dew, and thunder; makes a man and woman; sets the sun and moon in the sky; stocks the waters with all manner of creatures; and adds a multitude of birds and animals. As he and his dog leave in a glowing sunset, all the world is good again. Lambent watercolors ranging from double-page spreads to small vignettes reflect the glory of the newly created land, sky, and water. Some paintings are laid out like studies in an artist's sketchbook, adding variety to the scenes. The Great Traveler is a large, almost transparent figure who walks over the countryside appreciating the riches and beauty he is bestowing. Children will enjoy just looking at the variety of birds, fish, and animals pictured so skillfully. An author's note describes the source for this story.APatricia Pearl Dole, formerly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

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 four dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including SAILING THE UNKNOWN: Around the World with Captain Cook; 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 THE HOUND DOG'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Dog Lovers.
Other favorites are The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm (which I both wrote and illustrated with some 400 photographs); A Drive in the Country; Don't Shoot!; A School for Pompey Walker, and Elijah's Angel. (And, yes, there's the Britiish Michael--no "J."--Rosen whose many books are often confused with mine.) 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This retelling of a Kato Indian legend is beautifully written, and its illustrations are both apt and marvelous. A wonderful creation story. It is a book I'd have loved as a child, and will love on into the rest of my old age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2002
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This book is a very tenderly written creation story that inspires kids to use their imagination on a grand scale. The awe the reader feels at seeing this creation unfold is not at all solemn; there is a sense of dynamism and joy on each page. This book helps kids to appreciate other culture's oral traditions as well as the natural beauty of our world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Scunci Woman on December 18, 2011
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This is a beautiful Native American Creation story that I cherish. Any dog lover will see the beauty in this wonderful simple book. It was first a gift to me, then I bought some for my friends and could only find them on Amazon.com. Thank you Amazon for having hard to find things.
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