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The tale of rescue, by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Stan Fellows

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The tale of rescue
Title
The tale of rescue
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by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Stan Fellows
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Language
eng
Summary
When a blizzard traps a family outside in a whiteout, a cattle dog devises a stunning rescue in a moving, suspenseful, and gorgeously illustrated story
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 A young boy and his family are caught in a snowstorm, where they huddle exhausted and hope for rescue. A nearby cattle dog hears the father’s whistles and does what she has been bred and trained to do: round up strays and bring them safely home. The narrator relates the story from a great distance, at one point venturing that “someone surely said a prayer or asked for a miracle.” The approach gives the reader a detached feeling, as if watching events unfold inside a snow globe, and though this dulls the potential terror, it also prevents a deep connection to the dog or the nameless humans. Despite its format as a beginning chapter book, opulent vocabulary makes it best suited for reading aloud: for example, snow that “spackled the evergreens’ boughs.” Lavishly illustrated in full-page watercolors, the book is visually beautiful and will appeal to adults looking for a feel-good dog story to share with a child. -- Harold, Suzanne (Reviewed 2/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 12)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — A Florida family of three—mother, father, and 10-year-old son—go on vacation to introduce the boy to a true Appalachian winter. An early morning hike through the snowy landscape turns dangerous as a sudden blizzard descends. Now trapped in a whiteout with almost no visibility, the snow too deep to walk through, the wind beating them back, they realize that their only chance is for the father's piercing whistle to be heard. Meanwhile, at a nearby farm, an Australian cattle dog hears the whistle and races toward it. Finding the family covered with ice in the freezing rain, she returns to the farm, rounds up her herd of cows, and guides them on a trek to clear a path to the stranded family. Beautifully lyrical language ("The snow spackled the evergreens' boughs…. The ground glistened like finely grated diamonds."), narrative tension, and accurate portrayal of animal behavior mark this gem of a novella. Avoiding anthropomorphism, Rosen has created a canine hero who uses her instincts and skill to save the day. An epilogue has the boy revisiting the farm years later for a sense of closure. Exquisite full-page watercolor illustrations throughout combine with an omniscient narrative voice for an appealing package. VERDICT An excellent selection for fans of survival literature and realistic animal adventure.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY --Marie Orlando (Reviewed November 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 11, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ Rosen has many dog-themed titles to his credit—The Company of Dogs and The Hound Dog's Haiku, among others—and in this brief tale, he focuses on the heroic effort of one Australian cattle dog to help a family caught in a whiteout snowstorm. The story is told without proper names or deep characterization; readers move through the dramatic action and poetic language as if privy to someone else's dream or recreated memory. The urgent pace of the cattle dog's rescue attempt ("She struggled forward and onward, springing up and onto the snow, sinking down, and leaping again, ignoring the exhaustion and pain, because everything, absolutely everything depended on her") is coupled with striking poetic language during quieter moments: "their overlapping parallel tracks left an empty musical staff on the blank pages of the smooth fields. Later, they returned on foot and their boot prints added the notes." Fellows's watercolor illustrations add an ephemeral quality to the fleeting story, helping create the distant but satisfying tone of this lovely prose-poem adventure. Ages 10–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 28, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 39, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A cattle dog rescues a family caught in a blizzard in this middle-grade adventure. One of the first things readers will notice is the story's thoughtful and deliberate third-person narration, sounding much like a timeless tale told 'round the hearth and quite distinct from the many chatty, casual narratives popular in current middle-grade fiction. Adding to the traditional storytelling tone, the members of the family in the story—a 10-year-old boy and his parents—are not given names, and the name of the dog who saves them is not revealed until the end. But this somewhat formal narrative style doesn't mean it isn't an exciting tale of adventure. Rosen portrays the dog's attempts to save the family so astutely that readers will feel the dog's determination and exhaustion, and his somber, parsed descriptions of the blizzard and the family's subsequent disorientation in the whiteout bring their cold and fear close. The writing is matched by Fellows' superb watercolor illustrations—expertly rendered scenes that are, thankfully, liberally sprinkled throughout. When the rescued family leaves the farm the dog leads them to without even learning the name of the dog or meeting her again, readers may cry foul, but the epilogue sets things right as the story comes full circle. A fine, superbly illustrated tale of adventure, bravery, and loyalty. (Adventure. 8-13)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10448831
Cataloging source
QMBC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosen, Michael J.
Illustrations
illustrations
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Fellows, Stanley
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dogs
  • Cattle dogs
  • Blizzards
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The tale of rescue, by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Stan Fellows
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000055424563
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
103 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780763671679
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
colour illustrations,
System control number
(OCoLC)900594275
Label
The tale of rescue, by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Stan Fellows
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000055424563
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
103 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780763671679
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
colour illustrations,
System control number
(OCoLC)900594275

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