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He Was There from the Day We Moved In

by Rhoda Levine

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A family sees a dog in their garden when they move into their new home. While the dog accepts food and a blanket, he pretty much remains where he is. The narrator's younger brother, Ogden, energetically tries many ways to welcome the dog into their home. The narrator is more laid-back in his approach to the problem of how to engage the dog.

SPOILER: The narrator finally decides the dog is waiting for his name. Ogden's suggestion does make the dog move, but not in the right direction. The story ends, surprisingly for a children's book, without a solution. The dog halts his departure, but is still nameless.

The story is very matter-of-factly told and satisfying in its lack of a resolution: some things are unknowable. The pictures are in color, but definitely Gorey-esque. ( )
  raizel | Jul 16, 2012 |
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He was there from the day we moved in. He was there sitting in the garden.
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When a family moves into a new house they find a sheep dog in the backyard that seems to want something, but four-year-old Ogden, his older brother, and their parents are unable to discover what it is.

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