The Dogs of Winter
Based on a true story!
When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form: Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs, and the dogs quickly become more than just his street companions: They become his family...more
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I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed The Dogs of Winter. Actually, enjoyed is maybe not the best word. I was riveted, saddened, choked up with fear and sympathy for five year old Ivan and his dogs; rooting for him and horrified at the idea that this is based on a true story. Living on the streets and in the subway tunnels of an unnamed and...more
This is the story of a five year old Russian boy whose life is turned upside down when his mother brings in a new man who is abusive. Not long, he is taken to the big city and abandoned. What saves him is his determination and a pack of dogs that becomes his friends. They will survive each season and the cruelty of humans....more
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Ivan's mother has disappeared and her boyfriend is taking him to an orphanage when he escapes rather than be thrown into such a desolate place. As a five year old boy, he is among many of Russia's children that have fallen through the cracks where social safety nets are no longer existent because of the downfall of communism. With no systems or limited funds in place, these children form gangs and substitute families where abuse runs rampant between the older and yo...more
His life starts out like many peoples, with his mother loving and caring telling him stories and teaching him, however after the death of his grandmother his mum falls into a state of depression turning to a vile man hereby named as Him.
One day miskas mother goes missing there is blood on the floor and He tries to take Mishka to an orphanage. However mishka escapes the mans grip and from there on lives on the streets of russia.
Ivan Andreovich is only five years old when his mother goes missing and her boyfriend tries to take Ivan to an orphanage. In the City, somewhere in Russia, Ivan decides to run away, hoping that his mother will come searching for him. He spends days and nights on the streets and train station, at first tak...more
Ivan is a 5-year old boy who has been abandoned on the streets of Russia. He encounters gangs of children who have been abandoned and they try to draw him to work for them. These gangs often are cruel and mistreat each other, as well as Ivan. Eventually Ivan ends up on his own and discovers a pack of dogs who help take care of him. The dogs become his family and Ivan even begins to look and act like his fami...more
Near the end of last year I told myself that I wanted to start reading more middle grade books. I have kept my eyes open for the very best in the genre and when I was contacted about this book I jumped at the chance to read it. It sounded like a younger version of Between Shades of Grey. It is actually funny since the author of Between Shades of Grey has a blurb on the back of the book.
This story grabbed me from the beginning because I...more
With his loving mother gone and her boyfriend the suspected murderer, 5-year-old Ivan Mishukov is homeless and living on the streets of Moscow with many other “invisible” homeless children. He learns to survive, even in the bitterly cold Russian winters, by begging and living and running with homeless dogs who become his family. Based on a true story, this chapter book will grip you from beginning to end.
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This story is amazing. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. The writing is captivating and the story is heartbreaking. The reality of the inhumanity of humans is shocking and sad. That this tale of a small boy, who is driven to see the worst that people have to offer, is based on a true story is truly tragic. I found myself cheering for the family he found while at the same time cursing the people who forced his hand.
The characters are wonderful, both the good and the b...more
Character: Ivan is five years old and ages all the way up to eight years old in the story. He carries the story as he survives the streets of Moscow through rough winters, unrelentless street gangs, nefarious adults who may or may not want what is best for Ivan. Ivan grows from a naive 5 year old to a untrusting, street wise 8 year old.
Setting: Post Communi...more
This is a well researched account of a boy abandoned in post Soviet Russia- First Grandma dies , then Mom disappears and a brutal boyfriend takes a five year old boy to the city to an orphanage. The boy bolts and becomes a street urchin; first living with a 'gang' and then befriending a pack of dogs who 'adopt' him. This is the story of a few years of desperate living and then capture by the police and time in a hospital. Even now, the fate of the boy dep...more
We all loved that it was a fictional story based on true events. We found ourselves thinking about what we would have done in a similar situation, or how our kids would...more
I enjoyed reading how this boy bonded with his dog family and I ended up caring for...more
In The Dogs of Winter, five-year-old Ivan Andreovich lives in a bubble. His mother is his whole world. He enjoyed watching her cook and clean. At nigh...more
Well written and researched, this will break your heart and tug at your emotions. Middle graders will be drawn in by the adventure and sp...more
I liked the way Pyron handled the tricky topics of huffing glue and alcoholism in children with a gentle hand. It is juvenile literature rather than YA lit. I will recommend it to my fifth and sixth graders and I think the novel will be as fascinating to them as it was to me.