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Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby

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
Tags:Non-Fiction, History / Social Studies, Informative, Gr.k-3, Easy

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I found this story to be particularly interesting because most dogs hate mail carriers but Owney loved them so much he chose to spend his life surrounded by them. One thing I got a kick out of was that Owney was kidnapped by Canadian dogcathers and effectively held for ransom. The Albany employees paid the two dollars and fifty cents to get him back which wasn't cheap during this time period. The illustrations were very cute and I loved the pictures of Owney with his many tags around his neck like badges of honor. At the end of the book there is an actual picture of Owney on a train protecting the mail. I was surprised to find out that, "He was so famous that most of the major newspapers in the 1890s reported on his travels." ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 15, 2017 |
A dog named Owney wanders into a Post Office and falls asleep on top of a mail carrying bag. This begins the story of Owney the mail pooch and his life that was dedicated to the U.S Post Service. The dog warms the hearts of people from all over the country and then, all over the world. This story seemed to show how connected we can be to each other. The author puts together the events in a way that is easy to grasp. This dog had many adventures but the author makes sure to give their readers the most important parts. We get attached to this character when the author mentions the personality Owney has. ( )
  imasson | Sep 7, 2016 |
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 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:26 -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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