The Tale of Rescue

The Tale of Rescue


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When a blizzard traps a family outside in a whiteout, a cattle dog devises a stunning rescue in a moving, suspenseful, and gorgeously illustrated story.

A family—a mother, a father, and their ten-year-old son—have come all the way from Florida to the Appalachian foothills to experience the wonder of a snowy weekend. At a nearby farm, a cattle dog is working, as she does every day, driving her forty head of cattle from pasture to corral and back again. And then, suddenly, a blizzard descends. The family is trapped outside, disoriented in the whiteout. They are panicked, exhausted, freezing, and stranded in waist-deep drifts. From off in the distance, the cattle dog has heard their faint, snow-drowned cries. Her inexhaustible attention turns to saving them. This stirring tale is both a compelling story of survival and a meditation on the tremendous will of man's best friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763671679
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 788,938
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Rosen is a dog lover of the highest order. His canine canon includes the anthology The Company of Dogs; My Dog! A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet; Speak! Children’s Book Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs; Bonesy and Isabel; With a Dog Like That, a Kid Like Me . . . ; The Blessing of the Animals; The Dog Who Walked with God; and The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers. The Tale of Rescue was inspired by his newest rescue dog, an Australian stumpy-tail cattle dog named Chant. Michael J. Rosen lives in Glenford, Ohio.

Stan Fellows has illustrated several books for children, including John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky and The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems by Michael J. Rosen. He lives in Colorado.

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The Tale of Rescue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The Tale of Rescue, a story by Michael Rosen, shows how kindness is the solution to any crisis, and how heroes emerge from the most unlikely of places. A family of three go on a vacation, trading sunny Florida for snow covered Ohio. Everything is fine, until they get lost in the midst of an endless whiteout. Numb with cold, the prospect of making it through the night seems grim. They cry for help without success. But somewhere not so far away, a cattle dog is listening. Knowing someone is in great anguish, she sets out on the bravest journey of her life. Will she rescue these people or die trying? Read the book to find out. My favorite parts of the book were the beautiful illustrations. Often, as a chapter book reader, I forget how meaningful a picture can be in giving a story a scene and uncovering another layer about the characters. This book did just that, using pictures to take the story to another level. I saw the dog’s matted brown-black fur, her ears perked up and listening. I noticed the family’s thick round parkas and how they huddled around each other for warmth. These small things, whether pictures or words, are the difference between a book that grabs you and doesn’t let go, and a book that gets thrown back to the shelf very quickly. I would give this book five stars because of the imagery it had and the way it roped two stories into one. The stories of the cattle dog and the lost family were good alone, but together they were powerful and memorable. This was especially conveyed in the epilogue, where it reunited the two stories again, years after it all happened. I recommend this book to ages ten and up, and to all genders. Even though it is relatively short, the book is powerful, so older kids would enjoy it more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I know that everyone else will too. Review by Anya A, age 11, Metropolitan Washington Mensa