Reviews for Dog's Life : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 February

Gr 4-6 -This is Ann Martin’s first person account of life as a stray dog (Scholastic, 2005). Squirrel and her brother Bone are pups living in a country estate’s garden shed. When their mother fails to return one day, Squirrel follows her brother to look for a new home. Mother had taught them basic survival skills-to hunt for food and beware of humans. On the road, they learn another life lesson-to be wary of highways with cars. Squirrel and Bone become separated, so Squirrel moves on alone. She befriends Moon, another stray. The two dogs watch out for each other, changing homes with the changing seasons. A fatal car accident separates the two. Squirrel again sets out again on her own, employing survival skills until she meets a woman named Susan and finds a stable home. Wendy Dillon’s warm, calm voice is the perfect match to tell the tale of the experience-worn Squirrel. She adds nuances of pitch and tension to her voice when reading the few passages of dialogue. This story begs to be listened to multiple times. A good choice for animal lovers.-Stephanie Bange, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH

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