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Hunter and his Dog [Paperback]

Brian Wildsmith
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4 Nov 1999
First published in 1979, this classic Wildsmith picture book is now reissued with a new cover.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (4 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192724053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192724052
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Wildsmith was raised in the mining village of Penistone, near Sheffield. He won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, where he studied for three years, then spent his National Service teaching music at the Royal Military School of Music. After his time in the Army, he became an art master, but soon gave up teaching to pursue his life-long ambition of becoming a painter.

He believes that children like good illustrations and well-designed books and are much better able to understand "difficult" art than some adults acknowledge. He says: "Picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating, and the challenge of designing each page is very stimulating. I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child's visual appreciation, which will bear fruit later in life."

Brian's work is both provocative and stimulating and he now enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest living children's illustrators. He is particularly popular in the USA, Europe and Japan. In Leningrad he was responsible for all the sets and some of the costumes for the film The Blue Bird, based on Maurice Maeterlinck's famous play, and in 1996, as a celebration of Brian's special relationship with Japan, Oxford University Press published Katie and the Dream-Eater written by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of the Japanese Imperial Family. Brian has published over 70 books with OUP over his career.

Brian's hobbies include music, cricket (he has played League cricket for Yorkshire and won cricket colours for University College, London), and tennis. He is married with four children and now lives in the South of France.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wildsmith 20 April 2014
By emayl
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Brian Wildsmith's books with exquisite artwork was always part of my children's upbringing. Now I am purchasing his work for my grandchild.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my daughter's first favorite books 21 Mar 2008
By Nicki Heskin - Published on Amazon.com
This is really a fantastic book. It teaches a real lesson, not a contrived one like so many children's books, and by example (of the dog), not just by preaching. The subject is treatment of animals and the morality of hunting, and of making decisions for oneself, despite one's training (programming?).

Some parents are squirrely about the words deal or kill or hunt, but I think literature is a great place to introduce these things, because you can TALK about them, unlike in a kids' movie, where you are the last thing in the room they will pay attention to.

And if the story isn't good enough, the illustrations (as in everything by Brian Wildsmith) are just breathtakingly beautiful.

The length of the book is long enough to help children establish a decent attention span, but not so long as to be unreasonable to expect them to listen. We were lucky enough to get this for a shower gift before our first daughter was born, and are so grateful to have had it.

A great book for yourself or for a gift. HIGHLY recommended for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a *relief* to find this kind of book... 24 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This tells the story of a trained hunting dog that just doesn't have the heart to bring the ducks back to his owner. He turns the hunter around and they both care for the injured ducks instead of hunting & killing.
I do not believe in hunting and I think this a gentle message and story to read to my young son, regarding his family's values and beliefs.
It is very hard to find books with such heart-warming messages.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to open up the world to their children in a refreshing way and not just the way "everyone else goes about life".
The illustrations are similar to "The Kiss" style and my 9-month old loves the bold colors and open spaces.
Thank you, Mr. Wildsmith, for opening readers' eyes to the sadness and pain hunting creates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic with a Kind Message 25 Feb 2009
By A. Sturdivant - Published on Amazon.com
This book has gorgeous illustrations, as you would expect from Wildsmith, and it has a story that promotes kindness and mercy for animals. My two little girls adore hearing this story read aloud. The dog persuades the hunter to have a heart for the animals he has injured, and the hunter eventually sees the error of his ways. Wildsmith's illustrations seem to be a reflection of the beauty in his soul.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a sweet book. 5 Mar 2014
By Cyferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I hope to use this book to teach my grandson to be compassionate and not want to be a hunter. The book is sweet and the pictures are precious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 29 Aug 2013
By S. Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the story, love the illustrations, great book that is highly recommended. Happy ending all round; if only it could be like this in real life.
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