Two children discover a special drinking fountain for people and dogs in Edinburgh, and the inscription on the stone leads them to discover the tale of Greyfriar's Bobby, the little dog who was so faithful to his master, Old Jock, that her refused to leave his graveside when the old man died. The good people of Edinburgh took the little dog into their hearts, fed him scraps and gave him special permission to live in the graveyard. The memory of Bobby's 14 year vigil lives on as each new generation discovers the moving story. The classic tale of Greyfriar's Bobby is brought vividly to life by Ruth Brown's accomplished illustrations.
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Ruth Brown is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including A Dark, Dark Tale; The Old Tree; The Tale of Two Mice; Ten Seeds; and Snail Trail, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.From Booklist:
Though classified as fiction, this tells the supposedly true story of Scotland’s most loyal dog. A framing device introduces two American kids, bored with Edinburgh tourism, as they stumble upon the water-fountain statue in honor of Greyfriars Bobby. A gardener at the next-door churchyard tells them the story. In the mid-1800s, Bobby was the companion of a shepherd named Old Jock, and the two went everywhere together, including the local café. When Jock died, in 1858, Bobby followed his remains to a Greyfriars burial plot and spent the rest of his life atop the grave—making side trips to the café for meals, of course. Though there is a disorienting lack of context (the word Edinburgh, for instance, doesn’t appear in the main text), the tale is a mix of haunting and sweet that ought to lodge inside young brains the way it has in Scottish legend. Brown’s beautiful watercolors ably depict Bobby’s courage and especially excel at the alternately sunny, gloomy, and snowy cityscapes. A fitting tribute to an unforgettable canine. Grades K-3. --Daniel Kraus
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Descrizione libro RED FOX BOOKS (RAND), 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX009972121X