Authored by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eurgenie Fernandes
Grade Level: PS-3
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Unwrapping some illustrations for you to ogle
About the book
"With its vibrant illustrations and loving message about the joy and trust shared between friends, Surfer Dog is a charming tale that shows how the pull of the surf can bring people—and dogs—together." (CM Magazine 2017-12-22)
This is a wonderful tale about a young boy and a stray dog who foster a daily friendship as they surf the waves together.
The dog waits for the boy's return from school each day and is then scooped up, boarded on the boy's scooter and off they zoom to the beach to surf. Along their journey they pass toucans, squirrel monkeys and an ocelot giving the reader a clue that perhaps the setting is in a rain forested area, although it is never disclosed.
One day after they have surfed until the near setting of the sun they head back to the boy's home and are greeted by his mother who invites not only the boy but his trusty dog friend in for dinner. The boy responds, "But he's not our dog." Happily the two accept her gracious invitation and chow down their dinner on the front porch together ... both happy as clams.
Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!
Introducing the author
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.
About the illustrator
Eugenie Fernandes is one of Canada's most established children's author-illustrators, with more than ninety books to her credit. Her paintings for illustrations have been used by UNICEF to create cards and puzzles and by One Hen, Inc. to create award-winning educational websites. Her paintings from the books Earth Magic and One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference are on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, and Earth Magic was short-listed for Canada's Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration. Eugenie graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives in Lakehurst, Ontario, where she writes and paints in a studio made of glass.
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