Reviews for Herbert : The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog

Booklist Reviews 2010 May #1
In this simple, true story, a small dog named Herbert is lost at sea in New Zealand's French Pass. Tim, the boy who owns Herbert, convinces his dad and a local fisherman to mount a search for his beloved pet. As they set out, he declares, "This will be the worst or the best day of my life." Fortunately, Tim's faithful love for Herbert is rewarded with a happy reunion. Belton's beautiful watercolor illustrations bring to life the dangerously changeable weather at sea without making it too scary. Reproductions of newspaper articles and letters about the incident, as well as Herbert's "Iron Dog" medal, appear on the endpapers. These real-life documents give readers a fascinating taste of the true story behind the book and provide a nice balance to Belton's dreamy illustrations. The tale holds a special appeal for animal lovers, but anyone can relate to its themes of love, hope, and courage. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
This picture book tells the against-all-odds story of a dog lost at sea off the coast of New Zealand in 1986. Watercolor illustrations in seaside shades of greens, grays, and blues and sketchily outlined in pencil accompany the accessible text, which conveys first sadness then exhilaration as the story unfolds. Endpaper photographs, letters, and news articles bring the story to life. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

PreS-Gr 3--Tim's dog Herbert was well loved by the people in Nelson, New Zealand. After he was washed overboard during a storm at sea, Tim insisted on searching for him even when all of the adults lost hope. Miraculously, the animal withstood the rages of the open water for 30 hours. He was rescued by Tim and his fisherman friends and was awarded the "Iron Dog Award" for bravery. This book is beautiful from cover to cover. Endpapers are a scrapbook of maps, photographs, letters, and newspaper articles related to this event, and loose pencil and watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of the work of Robert McCloskey, evoke a gentle time and place. That the story is true makes it inspirational, and the simple telling makes it ideal for reading aloud or one-on-one, over and over.--Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

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