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Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch (edition 2008)

by Mona Kerby, Lynne Barasch (Illustrator)

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Title:Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch
Authors:Mona Kerby
Other authors:Lynne Barasch (Illustrator)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Non-Fiction, History / Social Studies, Informative, Gr.k-3, Easy

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Owney loves the way the sacks of mail and the postmen's uniform smells. He loves to jump on the sacks of mail and just fall asleep. Owney also loves to travel the world. See, Owney isn't just any kind of dog, he is a one of a kind postal dog who guards the mail on trains to make sure it arrives safely. ( )
  mfink1 | Nov 15, 2012 |
Back in 1888, Owney was a hungry, scraggly, lost dog. One day, he found his way into the Albany Post Office. He became a fierce protector of the mail and a world traveler. This book is based on a true story and a real dog. My 4-year-old enjoyed it and learned a lot about the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed looking at the map of the United States and tracking Owney's travels. ( )
  Michelle_Bales | Sep 8, 2011 |
Not really a read-aloud, super long and wordy. Based on a true-story of a maildog who travelled the world and guarded the mail-neat story. ( )
  dangerlibearian | Nov 23, 2010 |
In the late 1800's, a stray dog sneaks into the Albany, New York, post office to keep warm. He learns he likes the smell of canvas mail bags and blue wool uniforms. The post men name him Owney and though they keep trying to take him home to have a family, Owney keeps coming back to the post office. He guards the mail and soon starts traveling on the trains with the mail bags. Everywhere he goes, the mail workers give him a medal with their city's name. Soon he has so many medals on his collar that the postal workers have to buy a harness to distribute the weight. Owney is loved by everyone, and after a trip around the world, he retires at the Albany post office where he started. There he spends the rest of his days sleeping on empty mail bags.

I was surprised as I started reading this that it is based on a true story. The author has done quite a bit of historical research and has tried to make the story as accurate as possible. Yet while presenting the facts, he also presents a dog that you fall in love with. There are a couple of pictures of the real Owney at the end of the book and I just wanted to hug him.

This is a great book to study when learning about writing letters and then combining it with math and geography. You could create a bulletin board of the U.S. map in the book that shows all of the places to which Owney traveled on the mail trains. Then the children could choose a location and write a letter to the chamber of commerce asking them to send a brochure of something Owney might have seen when traveling through that city. Have the children note the day their mail was delivered. Cut out the cancellation stamp in a circle and hang each one as a medal on Owney. Then note how many days it took the mail to travel from that city based on the cancellation date and the date the student received it. When all of the letters are in, compare which ones took the longest to travel. How long might those letters have taken to travel by train in Owney's day? ( )
  julieaduncan | Jun 8, 2010 |
This is a wonderful story and it is based on a dog that really did live in the late 1800's. The dog was "adopted" by the post office when he turned up there. He "worked" for the post office for the rest of his life. There have been many versions of Owney's story published in picture book form but this is the latest and I think children will really enjoy it. I did and I cannot wait to visit Owney in the Smithsonian now! ( )
  julesm | Sep 16, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374356858, Hardcover)

One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men’s wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney’s loyalty and sense of adventure soon made it clear he wasn’t just an average mutt. Over the course of nine years, Owney guarded the mail—not only in Albany but on mail trains that traveled all over the United States.

Accompanied by lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations, this is a delightful true story of a special dog whose faithful service earned him a trip around the world. Owney can be seen in the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.

Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:02 -0400)

In 1888, Owney, a stray terrier puppy, finds a home in the Albany, New York, post office and becomes its official mascot as he rides the mail train through the Adirondacks and beyond, criss-crossing the United States, into Canada and Mexico, and eventually traveling aroud the world by mail boat in 132 days.… (more)

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