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Review: The Tale of Rescue

January 15, 2016

The Tale of Rescue

A Florida family – father, mother, and son – decides to take a winter vacation in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio because the ten year old son has never seen snow.  They have a wonderful trip with lots of outdoor activities like cross country skiing and building snowmen.  On their final morning in Ohio they decide to take a hike but get caught in a whiteout.

The family decides to hunker down in a depression they create in the snow.  They’re freezing, though, and the weather is getting worse.  Not knowing what else to do, the father struggles to stand and whistles.  Luckily, a cattle dog hears the father’s whistle but what can a dog do to rescue a family?

The Tale of Rescue by Michael J. Rosen is an exciting book that’s full of heart.  An inexperienced family finds themselves in a dangerous situation and they don’t know what to do.  Wanting to take care of his family, the father whistles in desperation and, luckily, a well trained cattle dog hears him and goes to work.  Stan Fellows’ gorgeous illustrations are a great addition to this book packed with action and adventure.  Full of tension, this book will appeal to young readers who like the outdoors and/or animals.

This book’s fast pace had me turning the pages as fast as I could to get to the exciting conclusion.   I have to admit I got a little teary eyed as I read the epilogue.   I’m sure young readers will be riveted by the story and will fall in love with the wonderful cattle dog.  Be sure to look for The Tale of Rescue for the middle grade readers in your life.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2016 8:58 am

    I’m going to look for a copy of this book. I think I’d love it!

  2. January 15, 2016 9:32 am

    I think it’s great that you make a point of reading books for kids of all ages. I have enjoyed YAs and middle grade books but typically only read them when they come from local authors that I have met. I like your approach better.

  3. January 15, 2016 12:24 pm

    Awww this does sound like an exciting and emotional read! I’m nervous about this epilogue that made you teary though.

  4. January 15, 2016 2:09 pm

    Kathy, this sounds like an exciting and touching story.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Patty permalink
    January 15, 2016 3:13 pm

    Sweet and sad and happy at the end! Perfect!

  6. January 15, 2016 3:34 pm

    Sounds like it would be a good movie!

  7. Literary Feline permalink
    January 15, 2016 6:16 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book!

  8. January 15, 2016 6:22 pm

    i adore a good middle grades novel, especially an adventure story! add a dog and I’m sold!

  9. January 15, 2016 10:26 pm

    Oh man, I am going to have to ask if the dog dies in the book. I am thinking not because this is a middle grade book. Right??

  10. January 16, 2016 5:46 am

    I wish *I* had never seen snow!

  11. January 16, 2016 5:19 pm

    Sounds great….as soon as I read your post I bought it for my nook.

  12. January 16, 2016 10:42 pm

    Oh this sounds great! I may have to read it next to a fire as it will make me cold just reading it!

  13. The Cue Card permalink
    January 17, 2016 10:10 am

    Neat book cover. I’ve always liked cattle dogs or blue heelers; they seem great dogs — herders.

  14. billbrarian permalink
    January 17, 2016 7:10 pm

    I’m going to have to look for this book as well. It sounds really great.

  15. January 18, 2016 12:18 pm

    I’m going to echo some other people here and say this sounds like it could be a movie

  16. January 18, 2016 9:03 pm

    This does sound like a nice read – I am going to encourage my grand kids to read it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  17. January 20, 2016 12:54 pm

    I can see my dog-loving ten-year-old granddaughter loving this one.

  18. January 23, 2016 1:24 pm

    Given the Ohio connection I’ll have to check this one out!

  19. bookingmama permalink
    January 26, 2016 9:43 am

    That story is one of my worst nightmares… especially given how much snow we just received. I do like the idea of the book and I can see where kids would just love this story.

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