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Surfer Dog
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Surfer Dog
This is an enhanced ebook with a read-along function. What is the true meaning of friendship? Follow along as a boy meets up with his friend—a dog who faithfully waits for him every day so they can ride out to the beach together to surf. The boy doesn't own the dog and he doesn't know who does, but their daily routine has created a special bond. Award-winning author Eric Walters navigates the waters of a unique friendship alongside the vibrant illustrations of Eugenie Fernandes, who brings the bumpy roads, rugged beach paths and rolling waves of the tropics to life. Sometimes the most poignant relationships in a child's life are the ones between friends.
This is an enhanced ebook with a read-along function. What is the true meaning of friendship? Follow along as a boy meets up with his friend—a dog who faithfully waits for him every day so they can ride out to the beach together to surf. The boy doesn't own the dog and he doesn't know who does, but their daily routine has created a special bond. Award-winning author Eric Walters navigates the waters of a unique friendship alongside the vibrant illustrations of Eugenie Fernandes, who brings the bumpy roads, rugged beach paths and rolling waves of the tropics to life. Sometimes the most poignant relationships in a child's life are the ones between friends.
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  • Eric Walters, Member of the Order of the Canada, began writing in 1993 as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. He has since published almost a hundred novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2018

    PreS-Gr 2-Each day when the boy returns from school, a dog with one blue eye and one brown is waiting for him. The pup does not belong to the boy, but is his friend and they enjoy spending time together and each day go surfing. While surfing, the boy sometimes surfs on his own and the dog goes to play with his friends, but they always return home together. At its core, this is a book about friendship. The two choose to spend time together with no ties or obligations to the other. The illustrations are cute but not particularly engaging and do not enhance the story. VERDICT There are many books that address the theme of friendship and this one does not add anything to that discussion. An additional purchase at best.-Peggy Henderson Murphy, Wyandot Elementary School, Dublin, OH

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    December 1, 2017
    Set in an unnamed tropical nation by the sea, this picture book follows a boy and the dog he's befriended as they enjoy one of their regular outings to surf at the beach. Sammy greets the dog who waits faithfully for him to return home from school every day, and the two ride a scooter to the beach, where they surf together until sunset, a routine they have had "for many months." This particular evening the boy's mother offers to feed both of them dinner, which startles the boy, who says, "But he's not our dog." A refrain throughout the book is that the boy and dog are friends who care for each other, so it is confusing that he would respond in such a way to this turn of events. Visual clues--a tropical jungle inhabited by squirrel monkeys, ocelots, and toucans--point to Central America as the setting. Additionally, all the people shown are brown-haired and brown-skinned like Sammy, but the text does not ground the story in a particular cultural context, losing an opportunity for richness and texture as a result. The story arc is weak, lacking any tension, and the text is flat and stilted. Tales of boy-meets-dog are perennially popular for good reason: they can tug powerfully at the heartstrings. Unfortunately, there is little here to distinguish this story from the pack. (Picture book. 3-7)

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