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Sammy in the Sky

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"The title of Walsh's debut and the use of the past tense make it clear that Sammy, 'the best hound dog in the whole world,' is not going to make it: 'Daddy found a bump on Sammy's neck; it was as big as a baseball.' Wyeth's (Cabbages and Kings) watercolors capture Sammy's floppy ears, patient expression, and sloppy kisses for his overall-wearing mistress; readers will love him, too, and they'll find his impending death just as difficult as his owners do. The girl's mother tells her what to expect: 'When he leaves, his body will be like an empty shell, but his spirit will be everywhere.... All the good things about Sammy, like his love for you, will be yours to keep forever.' The family travels through their grief together: 'You're still the best hound dog in the whole wide world,' the girl shouts to a Sammy-shaped cloud as they gather months later on the beach to celebrate his life. As a model of good mourning, it's a fruitful resource; as an account of loss, it goes to the pit of the stomach. Ages 4 — 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Barbara Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and magazines in Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Ireland. Sammy in the Sky was inspired by her family's first dog, Sam, a loyal and loving hound who died in 2003. She is also the author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm, an adult biography and memoir book. Barbara Walsh lives in Maine with her family and their coonhound, Jack, a rescue dog from Tennessee.

Jamie Wyeth is an internationally known painter, illustrator, and dog lover. When he was a boy he endlessly sketched his family dog and has continued to portray animals in his work throughout his life. He has illustrated two previous picture books, THE STRAY and CABBAGES AND KINGS. Jamie Wyeth, son of painter Andrew Wyeth and grandson of illustrator N. C. Wyeth, splits his time between Maine and Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763649272
Author:
Walsh, Barbara
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Wyeth, Jamie
Subject:
Animals - Pets
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Pets
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.66 x 10.21 x 0.4 in 1.205 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 7

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Children's » Animals » Dogs
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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Death and Dying

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Product details 32 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763649272 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The title of Walsh's debut and the use of the past tense make it clear that Sammy, 'the best hound dog in the whole world,' is not going to make it: 'Daddy found a bump on Sammy's neck; it was as big as a baseball.' Wyeth's (Cabbages and Kings) watercolors capture Sammy's floppy ears, patient expression, and sloppy kisses for his overall-wearing mistress; readers will love him, too, and they'll find his impending death just as difficult as his owners do. The girl's mother tells her what to expect: 'When he leaves, his body will be like an empty shell, but his spirit will be everywhere.... All the good things about Sammy, like his love for you, will be yours to keep forever.' The family travels through their grief together: 'You're still the best hound dog in the whole wide world,' the girl shouts to a Sammy-shaped cloud as they gather months later on the beach to celebrate his life. As a model of good mourning, it's a fruitful resource; as an account of loss, it goes to the pit of the stomach. Ages 4 — 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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