Walter's Tail

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9780027335644: Walter's Tail

Tired of living along, Mrs. Tully gets a puppy and names him Walter, but as Walter grows, his tail grows too, and soon his wagging tail begins causing all sorts of problems.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Elderly Mrs. Tully gets a puppy, Walter, as a companion. The cute pup grows to be a large dog with a vigorously wagging tail that wreaks destruction throughout the shops in town. Feeling unwanted, the two isolate themselves on a hilltop, where the woman slips and catches her foot in a crevice. Predictably, Walter's wagging tail saves the day and he returns to town a hero. Illustrations rendered in pastels and ink are large, glowing with color, and full of exuberance. Ernst's people are drawn in the same style she used in Miss Penny and Mr. Grubbs (1991) and, as in Ginger Jumps (1990; both Bradbury), she demonstrates her adeptness at capturing dog personalities in a few expressive lines. Readers will delight in watching Walter grow and his tail wag--it even scatters the letters of the author's name on the cover. They will empathize with the oversized pet as he gets into trouble through innocent behavior intended only as friendliness and will share the concern shown for Mrs. Tully by the community. Another gratifying winner from Ernst.
- Diane Nunn, Byrd School, Glen Rock
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Everybody thinks old Mrs. Tully's new puppy is adorable, especially his ever-wagging tail--until he gets big and bumptious and the tail becomes a constant menace at home, where it sweeps things like vases and puzzles off tables, and downtown, where it removes the bride and groom from a wedding cake at the baker's. Despondent, Mrs. Tully walks the dog up the mountain, where she gets her foot caught between two rocks. It's not clear just how (nor is it likely), but Walter gets his tail sufficiently entangled in her red shawl to wave it as a flag of distress, thus summoning help and becoming a hero. A familiar outline, but Walter makes an engaging hero, especially in Ernst's vigorously limned illustrations; and, of course, the perils of an overenthusiastic body that gets unexpectedly large will be appreciated by many children. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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