The Tale of Rescue
|November 24, 2015||Posted by admin under Action, Adventure, Animals, Fiction|
Written by Michael J. Rosen
Illustrated by Stan Fellows
Published by Candlewick Press
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
A young family from Florida spend a holiday in Ohio, hoping to give their son the experience of building snowmen, cross-county skiing, and roasting hot dogs on an open fire. On a nearby farm, a dedicated cattle dog by the name of Angus is busy at work – herding cattle all day long. When a freak and relentless winter’s storm quickly descends on the family, a tale of rescue ensues. When Angus – who has settled in for the evening – hears faint cries, he heads out to investigate and in doing so he miraculously saves the family.
Rosen’s book is written for children aged 10 years and older. Young readers will experience all the sights, sounds and emotions experienced before, during and after the rescue. Plus water color illustrations add a beautiful element to the story and provide stunning visualizations. The plot and the imagery makes this a powerful story of survival and dedication. As an animal lover, I would have preferred more attention and praise be shown to Angus. But the epilogue does gives readers a glimpse into his life as a working dog some eight years later when the boy returns to the farm to visit the farmer and the dog who saved his live many years ago.
At 103 pages, this is a fast paced read that many will devour in one short sitting.
A Tale of Rescue is a beautiful, touching, and high quality story for both children and animal lovers. If you didn’t know it before, you walk away with the simple realization that dogs really are smart!
For more information about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.