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White Fur Flying

MacLachlan, Patricia (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
White Fur Flying
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A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family that rescues dogs.
Authors: MacLachlan, Patricia
Title: White fur flying
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 112 p. :,22 cm
Summary: A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family that rescues dogs.
ISBN: 1442421711
9781442421714
144242172X
9781442421721
Statement of Responsibility: Patricia MacLachlan
Subject Headings: Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction Human-animal relationships Juvenile fiction Dogs Juvenile fiction Rescue dogs Juvenile fiction Family problems Fiction Human-animal relationships Fiction Dogs Fiction Rescue dogs Fiction
Topical Term: Dysfunctional families
Human-animal relationships
Dogs
Rescue dogs
Family problems
Human-animal relationships
Dogs
Rescue dogs
LCCN: 2011046125
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The silent boy across the street visits Zoe’s noisy house full of rescue dogs.


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Zoe’s father is a vet, and her mom has a passion for rescuing dogs in need, especially Great Pyrenees. The family provides a loving home for them until new owners can be found.

With the dogs, a talking parrot and a family which enjoys animals, Zoe’s house in the country is a lively, happy home.

Next door is a home which is silent and sad. An unhappy young boy, Philip, is staying there for a time with his aunt and uncle while his parents “work on some difficulties”. His aunt and uncle are well-meaning but awkward with children, and Philip has stopped speaking.

Zoe her sister, Alice, and Philip become friends. Gradually Philip comes out of his shell and begins to speak – not to people, but to the dogs and the parrot. A special rapport is established between the boy and Jack, the youngest and newest dog to be rescued by Zoe’s family. Perhaps each senses the other’s need for love and acceptance in the temporary homes in which they have been placed.

It is because of this bond that when a bad thunderstorm strikes late one night, with pounding rain and hail, thunder and lightning, that Philip is able to sense that Jack is in trouble. His fears are confirmed when he discovers that the young dog, terrified of the storm, has run off. Philip finds Jack - but they cannot find their way home.

A happy and satisfying ending concludes this gentle, heart-warming story about acceptance, understanding and the strong bonds that can exist between people and animals. This story would be ideal for a family to share together. With its spare text and large print, it would also be a good choice for a child who is beginning to read chapter books.

Like many of Patricia MacLachan’s stories, White Fur Flying is deceptively simple, but is filled with meaning and told with sensitivity. MacLachan is the author of many children’s books, including Sarah Plain and Tall.

"Nine-year-old Phillip has stopped talking. He’s just moved in across the stream from where Zoe lives with her cheerful, easygoing family in their house full of rescued Great Pyrenees dogs, and as Phillip slowly starts to befriend one of the huge, fluffy dogs, Zoe can’t help but wonder why Phillip won’t talk to anyone, and if maybe the sad, unusual boy needs to be rescued, too. “Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews), this short, sweet, and gentle book is a great pick for beginning readers as well as animal lovers." May 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=638754

Apr 29, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Poetic and lovely short story about a family that rescues dogs. Sometimes the girls in the family are a little too wise -- but the story is a good one and the young dog lovers wlll love it.

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