55th out of 61 books — 2 voters
by Kim Lewis
A warmhearted story about the importance of having fun. When Floss leaves the town where she grew up to become a sheepdog on a farm, she'd like to play with the farmer's children. But with so much work, there's isn't time--until the farmer realizes his children need Floss as a companion as much as she need them. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 3rd 1994 by Candlewick Press
(first published 1992)
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Again, I'm a nervous dog book reader...I think it goes back to Where the Red Fern Grows. But I digress. Floss is a happy dog living in the city--taking walks and playing with children in the park--until her owner takes her to a farm...no, no--not "the farm" but a farm so that she may learn how to be a herding dog to assist the aging Nell. When she breaks training to play with the farm chlidren, we all got a little nervous about her future...but all's well that end's well (no tragedy here). Enjoy...more
Dec 31, 2011 Scarlett Sims rated it 3 of 5 stars
Maybe it's just because I'm not an animal person but for me this was one of the more boring books we read as a class. It's a bit slow-moving, and I had to explain some of the concepts to the kids. Since they are too young to have grown up with Babe, I kinda had to explain what exactly a sheepdog does. The words in the book are easy to read, but the vocabulary could be a bit hard since it's describing actions the kids may not be familiar with.
This is the story of a collie who moves from the city to the farm and has to get use to being a working dog instead of a pet. Its an ok story though I did not feel it has a clear resolution. The farmer lets her play with his kids but the day before yelled at her for doing this... does this mean she gets to play and work or is he giving up on her as a work dog? So many questions and the story was not that engrossing.
Being a former Border collie owner, I have read all of Kim Lewis' books about these dogs. The illustrations are timeless and so realistic. She has the behavior and facial expression, the body movements down pat for this breed. I enjoy the content of the book as well.
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