Black Dog

Black Dog

Book - 2012
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"When a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Somerville, MA] : Templar Books, [2012]
ISBN: 9780763660970
Call Number: jE PINFOLD 2012
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Templar Books - Publisher


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Feb 23, 2019

Gorgeous! My children loved this.

PimaLib_JeanSC Jul 03, 2016

A good dog story with fantastic illustrations. Every time you read this book you will find something new in the pictures.

josh2112 Jan 20, 2015

Great book, beautifully illustrated, cute story about frears only being as big as one believes they are.

Jan 29, 2014

A very unique picture book with an unusual story and bizarre, yet beautiful, illustrations. Somehow haunting, silly and fun at the same time this book has a message of overcoming fears/finding one's courage. A good family read that even elementary aged kids will enjoy.

ChristchurchLib Oct 22, 2013

Outside the Hope family's ramshackle house in the woods sits a big black dog. How big? REALLY big, and getting bigger with every family member who looks outside. Frightened, everyone in the family hides-- except for little Small. Bravely stepping up to the dog's colossal nose, Small taunts the dog into chasing her, forcing it to shrink smaller and smaller, until it's just the right size to fit through the doggy door. Rich, vibrant illustrations enhance this charming fable that encourages readers (big and small) to face their fears. Older kids ready for an edgier take on a similar story might enjoy The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman.

Picture books newsletter October 2013

forbesrachel Aug 27, 2013

Fears can be irrational just because they can be blown out of proportion, in this case the simple dog (a symbol of friendship to man) has been made the object of this fear. Usually the dog fits into the home and family unit, but this family sees nothing but a stranger that is very large. It is interesting to note that the dog gets relatively bigger, the smaller the person is, with it being biggest for the smallest child, Small. Small Hope is not afraid though, she lives in a world full of big things and knows how to handle it. She tempts the dog with play, saying follow me where I go, and leads it through a series of smaller holes until it is just the right size; the fear has shrunk until it is manageable. There is also some practical wisdom in this story, a large dog does not belong in a small house, for both it's and the family's sake.


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