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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.
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.
In the morning when the mail workers found him. He gave a low growl but sniffed their blue wool uniforms and seemed to say, "you're ok". The men gave him the name of Owney. Now this is never explained how they decided on that name but it suited him. They cleaned him up, gave him a bath and the different postal workers started taking him home with them to see if he fit into their families. He kept coming back to the Post Office to curl up on his mail bags, every time.
They decided that he would become the official mail dog. He would ride the horse drawn wagon (remember, this is the 1890's) from the post office to the train every day to deliver the mail to the train and pick up what came in on the train. One day they realized that they were missing a bag of incoming mail and Owney. Sure enough, after going back to the train station they found Owney sitting on top of the bag, guarding it. But he growled at them as neither man was wearing a postal uniform nor did they have a mail bag.
Back to the post office they went, grabbing a uniform and a empty mail bag. Once Owney sniffed the uniform and bag, he wagged his tail and hooped off the bag, letting the men retrieve it. After that they place a tag on his collar with his name and his town, Albany, New York.
One day he chased the trail leaving Albany and hopped up into one of the open cars, riding the rails.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great book! I lead a children's book club and this was a big hit.Published 3 months ago by Momof2
We used this book as part of our Owney display at the railroad club and when talking with grammar school children about the history of the dog as it related to trains.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 8 months ago by Natalie Emigholz
Love the story. When the Smithsonian was building an "Owney" exhibit in Washington I wanted to know more. Great book.Published on April 26, 2014 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 on February 20, 2014 by Holly