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Catie Copley's Great Escape Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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Grade 1–3—Catie is back, and this time the black Lab makes a new friend. Santol is a trained seeing-eye dog who works as the canine ambassador at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, just as Catie does in Boston, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Her visitor spends a fun day with Catie and her person playing on Boston Common. The next day, when Jim drives Santol home, Catie goes along. In Quebec, Santol shows his guest his city and introduces her to his friends. In the evening, Catie is frightened by the sounds of fireworks and runs away. Luckily, she meets the cart horse and driver who are Santol's friends, and they escort her back to his hotel. Kovacs again mixes fact about these real-life animals and fiction. Williams's cheery illustrations aptly depict the action. The text is a bit long and dry for storytime but might work one-on-one.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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From the Inside Flap
Catie Copley is a black Labrador retriever who lives an unusual life as Canine Ambassador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Her job includes welcoming guests, taking them for walks, and helping Jim at his job as the hotel's Chief Concierge. Santol, who trained as a guide dog, just like Catie, is her canine counterpart at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada.
Catie, a very lady-like dog, is surprised when, one day, a large, furry, black-and-white intruder snatches her toy lobster and runs away with it. She is shocked by his behavior, but once she gets to know the rambunctious Santol they become firm friends. When Jim drives Santol back to Canada, Catie is very excited to go too.
This is Catie's first vacation and her first time in a strange city where they speak a different language. Santol introduces her to a famous goat, a friendly horse, a clumsy juggler, and intriguing new foods and smells. Catie finds that there is a lot of opportunity for adventure... maybe a little too much adventure.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book in America will be donated to NEADS / Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Since 1976, NEADS has trained more than 1,000 service dogs to assist deaf or physically disabled individuals. For more information, please visit www.neads.org. A portion of the Canadian proceeds will be donated to mira, based near Montreal, Canada. The mira Foundation trains more than 150 guide dogs each year to help people with visual, auditory, and physical disabilites. To learn more, visit www.mira.ca.
Top customer reviews
hear. The illustrations, story line and charm of both Catie and Santol
make this a wonderful book for boys and girls alike. My children have me read it to them over and over. We never get tired of hearing the story of "Catie Copley's Great Escape" at bedtime.