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The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa [Hardcover]

By Marc Simont (Retold by), Marc Simont (Illustrator) & Marc Simont (Author)
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While on a picnic, a family befriends a stray dog, names him Willy, and decides to keep him, in a heartwarming story based on a true story. By the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of A Tree Is Nice.

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When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day's end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds.

The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone -- the dogcatcher is looking for him, too . . .

Caldecott Medalist Marc Simont's heartwarming tale of a stray dog who finds a home is told with appealing simplicity and grace.

Awards and Recognitions
The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa by Marc Simont has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Red Clover Award - 2003 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Caldecott Medal - 2002 Honor Book - Picture Book category
  • Parents Choice Award (Spring) (1998-2007) - 2001 Winner - Gold category
  • Children's Books of Distinction Awards - 2002 Winner - Picture Book category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2004 Nominee - Picture Storybook category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa by Marc Simont has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1532
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/15/2000 page 1619
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/04/2000 page 72
  • Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2001 page 86
  • Booklist - 01/01/2001 page 974
  • School Library Journal - 02/01/2001 page 106
  • New York Times - 10/21/2001 page 30
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 274
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2002 page 1234
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 90
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 274
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1010

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 11"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2001
Publisher   HarperCollins
Age  4-8
ISBN  0060289333  
ISBN13  9780060289331  
UPC  046594015952  

Availability  0 units.

More About Marc Simont

Marc Simont Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

Marc Simont lived in West Cornwall, in the state of Connecticut. Marc Simont died in 2013.

Marc Simont has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Nate the Great Detective Stories

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2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Dogs > Fiction
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa?

Edge of the seat for kids  May 8, 2008
Very sweet little book, and I do in fact believe that it is indeed based on true events. The story is mostly told through the awesome pictures--which has always impressed me because that is a sure sign of a good illustrator. I used this for a comprehension lesson and my kids were extremely entertained. And how could you not be? A whole existence comes to life and I found myself caring for little Willy and his new family.
Go and fetch it for yourself!   Feb 19, 2008
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont. A summary is a family finds a dog at a picnic. The family leaves. They wish they would have took him home. They can not stop thinking about him. The family goes on another picnic. And they see Willy again. The dog catcher came and caught Willy. But the children saw him too, so they ran after him. They grabbed their belt and hair ribbon and kept him forever. I would recommend all first graders to read this book.
A heartwarming tale with a special message!  Nov 12, 2007
The Stray Dog is a truly special children's book in that it not only entertains with a simple tale of a lonely, stray dog looking for companionship but also sends a positive message about pet adoption.

The little stray dog wanders into a park one day and finds a family of four having a picnic, and is saddened when they leave. The family itself keeps thinking of little "Willy" and return the next week, only to find Willy being chased by a dog warden. What fate awaits little Willy? Kids will love this heartwarming tale of a lonely little dog craving human companionship.
Heartwarming Hound Tale  Jul 20, 2007
This heart-warming tale comes with "blast-from-the-past" illustrations is squeaky clean and super sweet. A family on a picnic spies an adorable dog. Fearing that he has a searching owner nearby, they leave without the precious pup. A week of concern leaves each family member neglecting responsibilities as they worry over the left-behind mutt. Returning to the park, they arrive just in the nick of time to rescue the pup from a chase with the dog-catcher. Predictable and precious! A tale for every dog-loving parent and child.
An instant favorite  Mar 19, 2006
My dog-obsessed 3-year-old daughter loves this book, as do I. The illustrations are beautiful, the text simple but engaging. My daughter has memorized the words and enjoys reading along with me. This book is both heartwarming and funny. It's one of the few books I don't mind reading night after night. I'm definitely going to try other books by this author.

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