Day after day, Cody watches Bones roam the streets. No one else thinks the old stray is special, but Cody does. He knows the dog is alone now. He watched them tear down the blue house where Bones used
A boy without a dog-and a dog without an owner-find each other in this powerfully moving story of loneliness and redemption.
Day after day, Cody watches Bones roam the streets. No one else thinks the old stray is special, but Cody does. He knows the dog is alone now. He watched them tear down the blue house where Bones used to live with an old man. Cody knows how it feels to lose someone, too. Slowly-cautiously-Cody opens his home and his heart to the scruffy dog with one blue eye and one brown.
Readers will be deeply affected by Deborah Blumenthal's story of love and loss. Adam Gustavson's full-color illustrations reveal the shadows and light, as well as the quiet drama, of neighborhood life, and highlight the emerging relationship between the narrator and the lonely, dispirited dog that captures his attention, and finally, his heart.
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"This gentle story may help pet owners following a loss and also illuminates the caring qualities that lead to trust, healing, and friendship." ?School Library Journal
"...lyrical prose and Gustavson's lush paintings have the impact of a documentary film... emotions are raw and authentic, while the way in which they're delivered is elegant-a potent combination." ?Publishers Weekly
"...sensitively constructed oil paintings communicate the anxious fear of the stray dog as well as the boy's earnest attempts to help... dog lovers will enjoy the story of this helpful boy and his newfound canine companion." ?Kirkus Reviews
"...an affecting tale that touches the heart with its messages about love, loss, and the unspoken ties which bring dogs and human beings together." ?Spirituality & Practice Online Magazine
"Perceptive art and emotive, free verse-style text work well together...The redemptive power of friendship is beautifully shown..." ?Booklist
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Deborah Blumenthal has written nine children's books, including two Book Sense 76 winners. She has also been a regular contributor to the New York Times, covering beauty and fitness. Blumenthal lives in New York.
Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! and Snow Day!. He lives in New Jersey.