Tupelo rides the rails

by Sweet, Melissa, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books j FICTION Sweet
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Sweet
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j FICTION Sweet
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E SWE
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Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Picture Books PICT F SWEET 2008 CRAFTON 4/08
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Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC Sweet
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PIC Sweet

Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Dogs, stars, tramps, and trains drive this tender picture-book story about a brave stray and her search for home. At the core is the elemental outsider adventure: a small dog, Tupelo, is dumped by the side of the road. Rejected by everyone, she sniffs her way to a group of Boneheads, strays who make a wish to Sirius, the Dog Star, to find a home. A kind hobo, Tex, feeds the dogs and helps them hop a train, and they feel as if they are in dog heaven when he tells them about dog heroes. When the train trip ends, only Tupelo doesn't find shelter. She's on her own again until, guided by Sirius, she is reunited with Tex. Then the two travel on together, side by side. Sweet's beautifully detailed artwork, in watercolor and mixed-media, is packed with feeling and story. Dog lovers and their families will enjoy sharing the spreads that open out to profiles of famous dogs, such as Old Yeller, Snoopy, and Rin Tin Tin. Pair this with Marc Simont's The Stray (2001), a story that treats the subject of strays from a more realistic, but equally comforting perspective.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "An idiosyncratic mash-up of canine lore, astronomy and the romance of the railroad, Sweet's (Carmine) tale wanders--much like its titular character. Callously abandoned by the side of the road, a forlorn dog named Tupelo searches for a new home. She finds kindred spirits in a pack of dogs known as the BONEHEADS (the Benevolent Order of Nature's Exalted Hounds Earnest and Doggedly Sublime), who trust a friendly hobo known as Garbage Pail Tex to escort them, via boxcar, to better lives. Though events don't initially turn out as hoped, Tupelo eventually discovers where, and with whom, she belongs. The narrative momentum goes off track with a subplot about wishing on Sirius, the Dog Star. The small, crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast. A bounty of design extras include several fold-out spreads, a detailed timeline in dog years of dog heroes (from Balto to Lassie, from Old Yeller to Superman's dog, Krypto) and elegant endpapers featuring various constellations in the night sky. Ages 6-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Homelessness -- Juvenile fiction.
Tramps -- Juvenile fiction.
Railroad trains -- Juvenile fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Homelessness -- Fiction.
Tramps -- Fiction.
Railroad trains -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston, Mass. :Houghton Mifflin Company,2008
Language English
Notes Includes 3 fold-out pages.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780618717149 (hardcover)
0618717145 (hardcover)
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