Mary Jane Auch Bird Dogs Can't Fly

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Bird Dogs Can't Fly

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When his master shoots a wild goose and injures its wing, Blue, a hunting dog, refuses to retrieve the bird and instead keeps her company until her wing is healed. By the author of Peeping Beauty.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Blue is a bird dog who hates hunting and dreads having to retrieve the fallen prey for his master. When his owner shoots at a flock of geese, the dog finds Goose alive, but unable to fly. Befriending the wounded creature, he offers to help her walk to South, a place with "'warm breezes, sparkling water, and lots to eat.'" But South proves to be farther away than they realize, and the two struggle through snow and unfamiliar territory, with Goose almost ending up as a family's Christmas dinner. Finally, they reach their destination, but shortly thereafter, when spring approaches, Goose wants to fly back North. Blue stays behind, sad and alone, but his feathered pal soon returns, and they are reunited. The strong theme of friendship resonates throughout this warm, comfortable story with its soft craypas illustrations. Generally, Auch is true to the tone she sets in the beginning of the tale, although there are a few places where attempts at humor seem out of place. Nevertheless, if readers can excuse these small lapses as well as the unscientific premise of natural enemies overcoming their instincts to stay together, the tale is sure to appeal as a story of true-blue friendship.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4-6. Because bird dog Blue hates hunting, he keeps his discovery of an injured goose to himself, returning after his master is asleep to nurture the creature and keep it company. When the bird decides to go South, Blue wants to go, too. But since he can't fly, will he be able to keep up with his feathered friend? Auch's unpretentious, painterly style serves as a good foil for the story's sweet sentimentality. Blue's visage clearly shows his canine sadness and delight, and the brightly colored details and bold backgrounds of the pictures aptly reflect the warmhearted feeling of the story. A tale of the ups and downs of friendship that will please the kindergarten set. Stephanie Zvirin

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