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A Day, a Dog [Hardcover]

Gabrielle Vincent

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary volume 19 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I scarcely know whether to give this book one/zero star or five stars;I've gone with five on the basis of the strong reactions it provokes. I agree with the first reviewer that the Amazon review is overly optimistic with respect to the outcome of the story; I can't imagine buying this book for a child. Good Dog Carl, this is not. I could see using this book as a take-off point for young adult/adult discussions of responsibility, commitment, ambiguity, etc., or of the power of art to tell a story, or our ability to "fill in the blanks" when presented with only part of a story. It actually hurt to look through this volume a second and third time, but its effect on me is best summed up by saying that I decided to stay home with my dogs this evening rather than go to a baseball game. This is one book you won't forget.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad, But Extremely Necessary Book 17 Jun 2002
By Sherry A. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
So many reviewers have praised this book so eloquently, I don't know that I have much to add in that sense. But I would like to address some reviewers' concerns that this book is inappropriate for children because it is too sad or disturbing. In this story, a helpless animal is cruelly abandoned. Dogs are pack animals; there is no more miserable state for them than being alone. We SHOULD feel sad about this story, and children shouldn't be sheltered from some of the sad realities of life. If they read this story, and empathize with the dog, well then, they will think twice in the future about doing such an inhumane thing to their pets. Parents should not hesitate to give this book to their children; however, they should share the experience with the child, and be present to process any thoughts or feelings that the child has. With younger children, parents may discuss how animals are entitled to kindness and consideration, just like human beings. With older children, the subjects of responsibility, loneliness, and finding one's place in the world may come up. In any case, this book will cause children to think, and families to discuss important issues. And that is NEVER a bad thing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare find... 17 Nov 2000
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
I have three young boys and a large picture book collection. Every night we sit close and spend quality time reading and discussing stories. It was by chance, in a Children's Lit course, that I came across this book. What a rare find! A Day, a Dog tells the story of an abandoned dog and his... search for home. The story is completely wordless and "told" in charcoal sketches. What makes this such a great book is not the emotional impact it will have on you, but the following discussion that it demands. Responsibility, caring, friendship, commitment, and loyalty are just a few of the character traits that are easily discussed and follow naturally from the story. It is my belief that the story ultimately has a positive conclusion. See for yourself, you will not be disappointed. Furthermore, I believe that one day this book will go out of print and you will be fortunate to own such a treasure. Buy it, "read" it, and discuss it. Enjoy...

Edit 12/25/2011 (Merry Christmas eleven years later): Well, our little boys are now 16, 14, and 11. And would you believe, we adopted a young sweetie from Ukraine and she has been home a little over a year. Today I was going through my books and I was surprised at how this book again spoke to me, this time in the context of adoption. As predicted, the book is no longer in print and finding a new copy will cost you over $100.00. This is an amazing book. Today I share my thoughts as an adoptive parent and believe it will make for good "reading" with our daughter to help put some things in context.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a day a dog 1 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My favorite book of all time. Stirs something different in me every time I look at it depending on my current situation. That is the magic of the book. It can be about a day a dog. Or it can be about finding a place you belong. Or it can be about betrayal. Or loneliness. It can be about finding someone or something you need just when you need it most. I bought twelve of them, kept one, and gave the rest as presents to the people who are special in my life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bone in the empty bowl 15 May 2007
By B. Libby - Published on Amazon.com
The strikingly elegant drawings grabbed me first. They show a dog reduced to his elemental dogginess, accurate, with not an extra line. If one cares about animals, the story line makes one cringe; the first drawing shows the dog being tossed out a car window. We travel with this dog through his abandonment, to the end, where the possibility of hope shows in the form of a small boy.

Because this book is so spare and powerful, it is not one to simply hand over to a beginning reader. For a parent or teacher willing to take the time for the conversation it deserves, it could be a valuable tool for discussing humane treatment of animals, and our responsibility to the pets we take into our lives.
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