Synopses & Reviews
There's an old saying: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." A few years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy decided to do just that. Now his beloved Portuguese Water Dog Champion Amigo's Seventh Wave (nicknamed Splash) is the most famous canine on Capitol Hill. Here we follow Senator Kennedy and Splash through a busy day in D.C., from press conferences to meetings with school groups to committee discussions to a floor vote. The result is an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most energetic figures in American politics and, of course, his equally famous owner.
"With its multicultural cast, nonpartisan viewpoint, and protagonist brimming with personality, this look inside the Beltway is a first choice for classrooms, tourists, and animal lovers everywhere." School Library Journal
"Capped by a precis of the legislative process, this book is a natural companion for Judith St. George's So You Want to Be President." Booklist
In warm, witty illustrations, Caldecott-winning artist David Small takes readers through a day in the life of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and Splash, his beloved Portuguese Water Dog. Full color.
About the Author
Edward M. Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-seven years. He took a special interest in matters that involved education and health care for children.
David Small won the 2001 Caldecott Medal for So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George. His many books include The Gardener, The Friend, George Washingtons Cows, Imogenes Antlers and Hoovers Bride. He is also the illustrator for Russell Hobans The Mouse and His Child. His most recent title is My Senator and Me: A Dogs Eye View of Washington D.C, written by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale, David Small taught drawing and printmaking on the university level for 14 years. He lost his job in the 1980s due to cutbacks. This brought both a crisis and a commitment to begin working on combining his love of art and writing. Submitted to more than 20 publishers, his first book Eulalie and the Hopping Head was eventually published in 1982.
Small works with watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel. His later works have a much softer look, but they continue to include his trademark attention to small details that beg to be poured over again and again. Growing as an artist is important to Small. He feels he has not yet done his best work, and enjoys challenging himself with new ideas, styles and media.
Small lives in Mendon, Michigan, with his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart.