[OZTL_NET] CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: Little Dog and the Christmas Wish

Barbara Braxton barbara.288 at bigpond.com
Tue Dec 20 07:31:25 AEDT 2016

Little Dog and the Christmas Wish

Corinne Fenton

Robin Cowcher

Black Dog Books, 2014

32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99


Little Dog and Jonathan are the best of friends.  But trouble strikes when a
massive thunderstorm hits while Jonathan and his mother go shopping on
Christmas Eve leaving Little Dog at home alone.  Even though he does not
like thunder and lightning, Little Dog needs to protect Jonathan so he
squeezes under the gate to find him.  

At first the smells and sights are familiar but it is not long before Little
Dog is in new territory.  But even so and even though the thunderstorm is
still raging, he continues on  his search.  When he sees the open door of
the baker's cart he jumps in and the old Clydesdale clip clops along, taking
Little Dog into town where everything, everywhere and everyone is strange.
As hard as he looks he cannot find Jonathan. And still the rain and thunder
and lightning continue. Even when he finds shelter and the busker invites
him to go home with him, Little Dog knows he needs to find Jonathan. And so
his search continues...

This is a most poignant story about that special bond between a dog and its
human friend that will resonate with every child and adult who has one.
There is something about the loyalty and love that is so strong. Set in
Melbourne in the 1950s, it is nostalgic, even sentimental, as the soft
palette, watercolour illustrations take the reader back into a gentler,
slower time where Christmas is not so frenetic.  Illustrator Robin Cowcher
was shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for New Illustrators for this
book in 2015.

In 2014 Little Dog and the Christmas Wish was the focus of the
le.html>  Christmas window display in Myer, Melbourne, the 60th anniversary
of this much loved, Melbourne tradition, a rare honour afforded to only the
best of books! (And the author's new book, One Christmas Eve
arjorie-crosby-fairall-(hardback)-452996740-452996650> , is the focus of the
2016 windows
mas-windows/> .)

Something a little different, a little more like the Christmas stories of
yesteryear for the Christmas Countdown.



Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 

Dromkeen Librarian's Award 2003



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