Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: Sally's Snow Adventure (dog, children's book)

Sally’s Snow Adventure, by Stephen Huneck (Abrams, 2006, 32 pages, $15.95, ages 4-8)

Sally and her new canine pals go saucering and snowboarding and snowshoeing and hot dogs go skiing (dachshunds, actually). Sally even finds going up the tow rope bumpy without skis.

Find out who the rescue dogs rescue in this fifth adventure of The Sally Books series – the best one yet and so creative.

I love Sally, America’s Favorite Lab

Sally lives in snow country on Dog Mountain in Vermont and love the winter snow. In Sally’s Snow Adventure, our favorite canine meets more new friends and tries more winter sports. Always willing to be a sport, our gal is fun to be with. Actually she has so much fun, she loses track of time. . . .

A New Classic – The Sally Books

Sally’s Snow Adventure is brilliantly written and illustrated with infinite care. Where have I been not to have read The Sally Books before this?

Behind the Scenes

Who hasn’t heard of The Dog Chapel in Vermont? Built by Stephen Huneck (1948-2010) on Dog Mountain, The Dog Chapel is a tribute to man’s best friend. Huneck was an artist depicting man’s best friend in numerous ways: one of which was to write and illustrate books for children - The Sally Books, starring Huneck’s black lab Sally, America’s favorite dog. No humans appear, not even children – only parts of humans, like hands for petting dogs and arms for driving them around. Because, after all, these are dog books (for all children who understand dogs).

Huneck first drew the illustrations in crayon, then, for each color, he carved a different block of wood. After each block was inked with its one color, the blocks were stamped onto paper and allowed to dry. Painstaking finished and filled with love, these illustrations are a national treasure.

The Incomparable Value of Sally

Who does Sally meet and what new things does she experience? Each book is an adventure with Sally teaching her young readers how much fun it is to meet new friends and try new things in new places like on the farm, at the vet’s, at the beach, in the mountains – Sally even considers getting a job.

Charming and whimsical with a twist or two to keep the giggles coming, even from the adults, The Sally Books are books to keep. They are intensely child-centric and personal, told from a dog’s point of view so children understand.

Next: Sally Gets a Job

The Sally Books:
Sally Goes to the Beach, Sally Goes to the Mountains, Sally Goes to the Farm, Sally Goes to the Vet , Sally’s Snow Adventure, Sally Gets a Job and Sally Goes to Heaven
Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure
Sally at the Farm, Sally in the Sand
My Dog’s Brain, The Dog Chapel, and Even Bad Dogs Go to Heaven

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