Lop, a gentle part-Labrador puppy born in the wild, loses her mother, learns to hunt and to survive the dangers of nature, is raised by a fox, and eventually finds a home with humans
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Grade 4-6-- After her mother's death, a small pup is on her own to survive in the woods. She attaches herself to a mother fox until the onset of winter makes it increasingly difficult for the wild animal to find food for both of them. At this point, the setting changes to a farm where 10-year-old Roz and his father, Dan, discover that their bantam chickens are disappearing; paw tracks reveal the fox as culprit. Attempting to smoke her out of her den, they instead find the dog and turn her over to the pound. Adopted and mistreated by an alcoholic junkyard owner, she runs away, returning to the woods where Roz discovers her and takes her back to the farm. Hidden in the barn, she saves the animals from invading coyotes and is ultimately accepted as the boy's pet. As usual, the author is at his best when describing natural settings. The prologue sets the scene beautifully, and the action revolving around the animals is absorbing and well drawn, if somewhat overpacked with information. However, the narrative breaks down with the introduction of human characters. The writing becomes choppy, rushed, and at times inappropriate ("A blind man feeling along with a cane could have followed this trail.") Many passages are overwritten, and anthropomorphisms abound. Parnall's black-and-white sketches enhance the story but can't make up for the numerous flaws in the prose. Comparison with his Marsh Cat (Macmillan, 1991) is unavoidable, and that earlier work was more successful.
- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027701514