Reviews for Shep : Our Most Loyal Dog

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Sheep-herding dog Shep became nationally beloved in the 1920s when, after his master died and was taken away by train, Shep waited at the station for over five years. Yardley's static watercolors reflect the changing times but don't truly convey Shep's spirit. Although wordy, Collard's narrative ably chronicles the genesis of a national (canine) hero. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Review 2006 August

Gr 2-4 This picture book celebrates the bond between a sheep dog and his owner. During the Depression, in north central Montana, a sheepherder passed away. Shep watched the man's coffin being loaded onto a train to be returned to his family back east. From that day forward, the loyal canine met every passenger train that arrived at the Fort Benton depot. The station manager and many townspeople noticed him and slowly discovered the details of his life. The people adopted him, feeding him and loving him, until the day he died. News of the dog's death spread throughout the country and his story was featured in Reader's Digest , Lady's Circle , and other major publications. An author's note gives additional background information. Yardley's watercolor paintings, reminiscent of Susan Jeffers's work, are warm, detailed, and textured. Dog lovers will appreciate the reverential tone of the story. A good addition for larger collections.Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL

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