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The Sailor Dog (A Little Golden Book) Hardcover – February 2, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Reissue edition (February 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307001431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307001436
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

Customer Reviews

I bought it for my 1 year old and it's his favorite book!
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I dearly loved this book as a child and wanted to buy a copy to read to my own children.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Christine Whittington on December 3, 1999
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
The five-star rating really applies to the original version of this book, which is indeed as wonderful as the reviews indicate. The thing to watch out for in this new edition is that four pages of illustration and some text from the original edition are left out--the airplane scene, fishing scene, and the little house at night with smoke coming out of the chimney. If you have a beloved, tattered old copy from your childhood, by all means buy this new edition as a copy for your kids to chew on. But don't throw the old one away! And, if you love Garth Williams or Helen Wise Brown, look for a copy of the original edition in a used book store or web equivalent to get the whole story. Of course, if you have never seen the original, you won't miss a thing. The story and illustrations are still wonderful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book spoke to my soul as a little child (in the 1950s) - dreams of making it on my own, seeing the world, being adventurous. For years I looked for it, not remembering who it was by or the name. What a thrill to find it now and to be able to buy it for my friends' children and grandchildren! Thank you to Golden Books for bringing this back. But please give us an edition with all the illustrations and copy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This 1953 story begins with Ms. Wise's typically lyrical prose: "Born at sea in the teeth of a gale, the sailor was a dog. Scuppers was his name." However, much of the book's language is not quite as enchanting, nor as warmly and wisely love-soaked as Ms. Brown's "Runaway Bunny." Perhaps it's just that this is aimed at a slightly older reader/listener than 'Bunny.'
The revelation here (in this Golden Book edition) is the very richly-hued palette of Garth Williams, who, for example, uses orange, purple, and varied shades of green with originality and flair. Some of his pictures recall (and may have inspired?) Richard Scarrey's busily occupied town creatures. The two-page illustration of Scuppers asleep in his cabin may very well lull your little one to sleep, and invite adult fantasies of building a cozy houseboat. Recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on February 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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Is there a more charming picture in children's literature than Scuppers the Sailor Dog standing on the prow of his little boat, dressed in wet weather gear, with a spyglass to his eye?
We are transported to a dog's world. If you love character-filled canine faces, this book will appeal. Scuppers is our little canine hero. His urge to go to sea is irresistible. The little gaff-rigged sailing boat that becomes Scuppers' home hardly looks seaworthy, with colourful patches on its sails.
It's hardly a luxurious boat, but Scuppers keeps it all very neat and "ship-shape". He has a hook for his hat, a hook for his rope and a hook for his spyglass.
Scuppers gets shipwrecked after a big storm. He is a resourceful dog and soon makes a house out of driftwood. The scene of Scuppers asleep on his deep green bed of pine branches inside his house is bathed in a beautiful, almost magical emerald green light.
He repairs his ship and sails way and soon comes to a seaport in a foreign land. The street scene is straight from a canine Kasbah. There are lady dogs dressed in full-length robes with everything but their eyes, paws and tails covered, balancing jars on their heads. The fact that all the characters in this book are dogs and they all walk on two legs is a minor detail.
Scuppers' needs new clothes after all his travels. It's very comical when he tries on the various hats and shoes of different shapes and colours.
The life at sea soon calls Scuppers back to his boat.
Stowing all his gear in its right place he is back " where he wants to be - a sailor sailing the deep green sea".
This book is a true children's classic having been first published 48 years ago. The brilliant pictures and the charming story mesh perfectly. Its high sales ranking on the Amazon listings demonstrates it has a timeless and universal appeal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Library Binding
As a child I was read the story of Scuppers and drifted through the book's wonderful illustrations for hours. As a grown up I have a sailboat to sail aboard, as an engineer I keep everything organized (my shoes have one particular place on our boat), my wife has awakened in me the joys of travelling far from home, and I have always pursued every avenue to reach my goals. This book captured my fascination as a child like no other. Adventure, organization, and persistence aren't just for the dogs.
With our first child on the way I am thrilled to be able to buy a new copy, as the one on my parent's bookshelf at my childhood home has seen better days. Worn out from use no doubt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Excellent illustrations and a wonderful story about this can-do dog named Scuppers. Great cozy scenes, adventure, rocking boats, ship wrecks, house building, everything you ever need. The best book of my childhood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year-old daughter loves this book, and so do I. The story makes very little sense when you think about it using adult reasoning, but plot isn't really what matters here. It's the magical, humorous and exciting atmosphere, captured in great colors and textures by Garth Williams. Now that I now that some pages were omitted from this edition, I'm going to be looking for an older copy!
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