Reviews for Shep : Our Most Loyal Dog
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Sheep-herding dog Shep became nationally beloved in the 1920s when, after his master died and was taken away by train, Shep waited at the station for over five years. Yardley's static watercolors reflect the changing times but don't truly convey Shep's spirit. Although wordy, Collard's narrative ably chronicles the genesis of a national (canine) hero. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Library Media Connection - October 2006
In 1936, after his master dies and his body is shipped to relatives back East, Shep, a border collie, begins meeting passenger trains at the Montana railway station of Fort Benton. For the next five years, Shep will meet every train hoping to see his master again. At first no one notices the dog. It is not until weeks pass, and Shep has grown gaunt and thin, that the Depot Agent notices him. When a story is written about the loyal sheep dog his fame spreads. Hundreds of letters pour into the station from fans throughout the world. In 1994, 50 years after his death, the town of Fort Benton erected a bronze statue of "their most loyal dog." Readers of all ages will enjoy this touching story of a dog's devotion to his master. Author Sneed Collard first wrote about Shep in his book, B Is for Big Sky Country (Sleeping Bear Press (Thomson Gale), 2003). Though Shep's later life is based on first-hand accounts, Collard exercises artistic license when writing about his early years. Vivid watercolors that resemble snapshots accompany the text. The book includes an epilogue and author's note. Recommended. Louise Capizzo, Children's Librarian, Falmouth (Maine) Memorial Library © 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Review 2006 August
Gr 2-4 This picture book celebrates the bond between a sheep dog and his owner. During the Depression, in north central Montana, a sheepherder passed away. Shep watched the man's coffin being loaded onto a train to be returned to his family back east. From that day forward, the loyal canine met every passenger train that arrived at the Fort Benton depot. The station manager and many townspeople noticed him and slowly discovered the details of his life. The people adopted him, feeding him and loving him, until the day he died. News of the dog's death spread throughout the country and his story was featured in Reader's Digest , Lady's Circle , and other major publications. An author's note gives additional background information. Yardley's watercolor paintings, reminiscent of Susan Jeffers's work, are warm, detailed, and textured. Dog lovers will appreciate the reverential tone of the story. A good addition for larger collections.Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL [Page 102]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.