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Along Came a Dog

by Meindert DeJong

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A stray dog earns a home for himself by protecting a little red hen and her chicks from a preying hawk.
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Not your usual talking animals with human-like personalities in this book. Most of the characters in this book are animals, and they think and act the way real animals do.
It is the story of a little red hen, who is rejected by the flock of chickens after she loses her toes, "the man" who owns the chickens, and takes a liking to the little red hen, trying to make a pet out of her, and "the dog" who wanders onto the farm as a stray and tries to make a home there.
The story line is simple and the dialogue minimal. It has a certain sweet gentleness to it, but for my taste, I prefer the more usual talking animals that allow for deeper thought and more complex plots. ( )
  fingerpost | Dec 27, 2016 |
Such a cute book! I love old kids books like this and was glad I picked this one up. I liked the illustrations and human-like qualities of the animals. ( )
  briannad84 | Mar 17, 2012 |
Sweet story of a dog who protects a disfigured hen and wins a place with the owner. I liked the story well enough, although in the middle of the story I started feeling impatient, as though the story were being strung out unnaturally. I'd rather this have been about four chapters shorter. With a predictable and happy end, it's nice for animal lovers, but not a book I'd require of every student.
  mebrock | Jun 24, 2009 |
A refreshingly quiet and gentle book -- explores loyalty and courage through careful and slow development of character rather than non-stop action and wisecracking. It may take children who are steeped on TV and TV-styled fiction a while to get into this, but persistence will pay off before too long as the unlikely relationship that develops between a stray dog, a courageous hen, and a kind man becomes completely engaging. ( )
  JFBallenger | Jun 17, 2009 |
A simple gem of a book that deserves to be in any childs library.
  athene66 | Sep 2, 2007 |
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