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"Profoundly sad and hopeful at the same time . . . Hachiko Waits shows us the very best in life; loyalty, devotion, our ability to love-all taught by a beloved, intelligent, and heroic dog. I love it." -Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah Plain and Tall

The loyalty and devotion of a dog has no bounds

What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Ha
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Hayley Swanson
Halfway through this very short book, I started crying, and remembered why animal books are demonic and should never be read. "Hachiko Waits" is based on the true story of a dog in Japan that waited ten years at the train station for his master, not realizing his master has died. It's a very sad but touching story about loyalty and devotion, and the love shared between a dog and its master.

Hachiko, originally named Hachi, meaning 'eight,' is an Akita-ken whose master, a professor at one of Japan
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Ashley
Jun 12, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who have read SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
Recommended to Ashley by: Mr. West
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Jack
Dec 28, 2011 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This was INCREDIBLE! It's such an amazing story, it really is. To think that it's based off a real life story, too, is just great; mind-blowing to be precise. I must say that whilst it's a very short read, it's definitely worth it and I loved the story. I love the film which I saw a few years ago and I now love the book, too. :)

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Characters - 10/10 - They are so amazing. Hachi is such a magnificent dog: he's loyal, gentle and friendly. He brings great themes into the book and
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Debbie
Hachi, an adorable and smart Akita pup, forms a deep bond with his kind owner, Professor Ueno. Hachi and Professor Ueno walk to the train station each morning and then Hachi returns to the station every afternoon at 3 pm to meet the professor's train. One day, Professor Ueno has a heart attack and dies at work. Though Professor Ueno never returns, Hachi continues to wait at the train station every day. A young boy, Yasuo, and the Station Master care for Hachi over the years. A sweet story of fri ...more
Judi
Jul 31, 2012 Judi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads
While this true story of a loyal and faithful Akita (Royal Dogs of Japan) is heart-wrenching, it is a testament to the unconditional love of man's best friend, the dog. It is a special encounter at a railway station that brings the dog and his new master together. They both have a bond that cannot be broken and Hachiko (means Faithful Dog) follows his master, a Japanese Agriculture Professor, to the railway station each day takes the train to the city for work. He waits all day for him to come b ...more
Baylee
Sep 03, 2012 Baylee rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely a 5 star book. Its a great book about a Dog who's master died and he kinda forms this thing in membrance of his master. There is a statue of Hachiko in New York i think. Its a great book and i reccomend it to someone who likes Dogs and its kind of a sad story in the end.
KryZad The Last Knight Templar
Sep 21, 2015 KryZad The Last Knight Templar rated it really liked it
This book is pretty short, concise and simple. And Leslea Newman nails it.
This book beautifully describes the story of Hachi, a handsome and devoted dog who waits for his master everyday as the clock hits 3 even though the professor has died.
This story is profoundly moving and inspirational. I like how at the end Yasuo meets a girl and asks her hand in marriage by promising her that he would be devoted to her like Hachi was to the Professor. Little things like this by Leslea Newman portrays ho
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Jan
Jul 27, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog-books, own-copy
I have been looking for the book "Hachi-Ko, The Samauai Dog" by Shizoko O. Koster but there isn' a library in the United States that has a copy. I know; I've checked. "Hachiko Waits" was the next best bet. I first read about the beautiful Akita statue at the Shibuya Station in Japan years ago and wanted to learn the whole story. This six month old pup was owned by Professor Ueno who left everyday to teach his students and returned home on the 3 o'clock train. Hachi accompanied his owner to the t ...more
Clara
Feb 02, 2015 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman

Hachiko Waits is a fiction children’s novel published in fall 2004. It is inspired by a true story that took place in Shibuya, Japan.

The story is about an Akita dog, called Hachiko, and his master Professor Eizaburo Ueno. Since Hachiko was little, he learned how to wait for his master at the train station every day. He was there before the train arrived at 3 o’clock, waits for Professor Euno, and walks with him home. After a year passed by, Professor Euno left the t
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Kiera Burnett
Dec 04, 2014 Kiera Burnett rated it really liked it
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Hachiko Waits is a story about a faithful dog waiting perpetually for his master's return. Each day, Haichiko walks to and from the train station with his master. When his master dies, he continues this tradition. This book is both enticing and informational. Newman also uses foreshadowing in this young adult novel. On page 36, Hachi barks to the professor for the first time, signifying that this was not ordinary day. Throughout the book runs the themes of devotion, loyalty,
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Mariah Marie
This book is good, it is kind of hard to summarize the WHOLE book because it has 10 chapters and and epilouge but I am reading it in Ms.Sanchez' class and we have been reading it for about a month now. So a short summary would be:
A dog and his Proffesor go to the train station everyday agter Proffesor leaves on the train, the dog goes home by HIMSELF then everyday 5 minutes before 3:00 the dog (Hachi/Hachiko) arrives to wait for his Proffesor to get of the train. Then one day, Proffesor does not
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Vanessa Martinez
Jan 20, 2011 Vanessa Martinez rated it it was amazing
The book "Hachiko Waits" is inspired by a true story.its about a faithful dog, Hachi and his owner. Hachi has been with his owner,Professor Eizaburo Ueno since he was a small puppy and the professor traveled to work by train and everyday Hachi went with him to the train station.everyday when the professor's train left, Hachi would go home and everyday he returned to the station 5 minutes before 3 o'clock to meet him.in May the professor died unexpectedly and Hachi waited at the station everyday ...more
Lisse
Feb 24, 2012 Lisse rated it it was amazing
This is a great little book based on the true story of a dog, Hachi, who would walk to the train station in Japan every day with his master, a Professor at the university. He would watch the train leave with the professor on it and then run back home, only to arrive back at the train station before the 3pm train every day to greet the professor as he came home. What makes this story so incredible, is that after the professor dies at work, Hachi continues to come to the train station every day at ...more
Tiffany Acevedo
Feb 22, 2016 Tiffany Acevedo rated it it was amazing
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Matthew West
Dec 09, 2014 Matthew West rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
This is an amazing book based on a true story about a dog named Hachiko. One day when Hachiko's master does not return from work because of a sudden death, the master's pet named Hachiko becomes homeless. Normally, the dog waits for his master at the bus stations when he is due to return from work but after the master dies, the dog continues to wait patiently. Not for days or weeks but for years. The train station workers and a young boy take car of the dog while he ages and becomes an inspirati ...more
Lea
Sep 22, 2015 Lea rated it it was amazing
Inspired by true events, the fictional story Hachiko Waits paints a heartwarming (and at times heartbreaking) picture of the life of Hachi and Professor Ueno.

I knew that it was a sad story, so I was hesitant to read it (and I haven't seen the movie). But after seeing Hachiko's statue outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo, I felt that I had to learn his story.

And I'm glad I did.

This book is simply written, using straightforward language. But it doesn't take anything away from the emotions and inspira
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Cameryn
Nov 25, 2013 Cameryn rated it really liked it
Hachiko Waits is about a dog who waits for his owner to come home from work every day. The main character is a dog named Hachiko. One day while he's waiting, his owner doesn't come home. His adventure was when he went off searching for his owner. My favorite character was Hachiko because he is so persistent. I cam relate to the little girl who loves the dog because, I too have a dog. I liked the book a lot because of just the story, I just love what the books about. My favorite part is when the ...more
Heather Turiello
Jul 20, 2010 Heather Turiello rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites. This is a very sad story about death, loyalty, devotion and endless love. It's heatbreaking, but it holds a wonderful message that helped me describe my absolute love to my children. It's refreshing to think there is love as total and complete in this world.

A must for dog lovers as well. And I have a Papillon who knows exactly the right time for the kids to come home from school and is waiting by the door at 3:15 every day. How do they do that?
Hollianne Wieland
Dec 08, 2015 Hollianne Wieland rated it it was amazing
Hachiko Waits is an inspiring story about how a dog is loyal to his owner. This book pulls at all your emotions and you will find yourself whipping away the tears before you even finish the book. It is a short chapter book that can be quickly read, and I personally found trouble putting the book down. Hachi is a smart dog that waits for his owner everyday at the train station for many years as part of his daily routine. Hachi makes friends with people who regularly come to the train station. One ...more
Jessica Lee
Dec 07, 2015 Jessica Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307-books
Hachiko Waits is the endearing story of a dog who was loyal to his master even after his death. Professor Ueno rides the train to his work everyday and everyday his dog Hachiko would sit and wait for him at the train station on the same exact schedule every day, saying goodbye and greeting his master when he left and returned from work. The train conductor and other locals become familiar with Hachiko and love him, telling him how good of a dog he is. After about a year, there is one day where P ...more
Kaelyn O'Brien
Dec 08, 2015 Kaelyn O'Brien rated it really liked it
This book is about a dog that sits and waits for his master at the train station every single day. However, one day his master leaves on the train only to never come back due to death. Yet every day Hachiko goes to the train station and sits and waits for him to return. Yasuo, a boy who met Hachiko when he was just six years old, and the Station Master take care of Hachikō for the next ten years. The community loves Hachiko and he really becomes a symbol for them. This is a true story, which mak ...more
Andrew Upchurch
Dec 06, 2015 Andrew Upchurch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
This book is about a dog that sits and waits for his master at the train station every single day. However, one day his master leaves on the train only to never come back due to death. Yet every day Hachiko goes to the train station and sits and waits for him to return. Yasuo, a boy who met Hachiko when he was just six years old, and the Station Master take care of Hachikō for the next ten years. I am a sucker for any book about a pet, especially about dogs. I personally feel a strong connection ...more
Samantha Kerney
Dec 04, 2015 Samantha Kerney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
This animal book is a tearjerker. Set in Japan, this book tells the true story of a dog, Hachiko, and his owner, Professor Ueno, who became great companions. Every day for a year, the pair follows the same schedule. Professor Ueno goes to the train station to wait for a ride to work, and Hachiko follows him to keep him company. While Professor Ueno works, Hachiko waits at the train station with the Station Master until Professor Ueno returns to take him home. Hachiko makes many friends at the tr ...more
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
Hachiko Waits is a story about a faithful dog waiting perpetually for his master's return. Each day, Haichiko walks to and from the train station with his master. When his master dies, he continues this tradition. This book is both enticing and informational. Newman also uses foreshadowing in this young adult novel. On page 36, Hachi barks to the professor for the first time, signifying that this was not ordinary day. Throughout the book runs the themes of devotion, loyalty, and friendship. One ...more
Mexy Gonzales
The book entitled “Hachiko waits” is based on a true story. In this story there is a professor by the name of Ueno’s who has a dog named Hachiko. Hachiko waits at the train station for his owner every day five minutes before three in the afternoon. Hachiko does this until the professor doesn’t show up due to dying of a heart attack. Although the professor dies the dog waits for him every day for almost ten years at the train station for the professors arrival. This powerful story would be great ...more
Rachel Anne  Boody
Feb 24, 2015 Rachel Anne Boody rated it liked it
Shelves: 15-animals
A truly remarkable story based in Japan, Professor Ueno has a wonderful dog that one day insisted on going with him to the train station to catch his train to work. He was shocked when he arrived at the station after work only to find Hachiko waiting for him by the time his 3:00pm train had arrived at the station. So his dog drops him off and picks him up at the train station everyday until one day the Professor never got off the train because he died at work. Hachiko loyally still goes to the t ...more
Steve
Dec 12, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Genre: Historical Fiction

This is one of the saddest stories of a dog that I have ever read. There have been a couple instances where I have heard about a dog waiting for his owner after the owner dies, but I have never read about it and in a child’s book none the less. This dog in the story walks with his owner to the train station every morning and will wait for his master to get back from work come night time. But one night his master doesn’t return home on the train and has died while he was
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Melanie
May 18, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Dedicated. That's what Hachiko is. This book is nonfiction. This book was honestly very sad.
Professor Uneo went to work everyday and came back at three o'clock. Hachiko was always there waiting for him. One day, the Professor didn't get off the train. Everyone thought he must've missed his train. Hours later, he still wasn't there. Two days later it was clear that Professor Ueno has died of a heart attack. Hachiko would always wait for the Professor to come home, even though he was never comin
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Liam Mcevoy
May 15, 2014 Liam Mcevoy rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I love animals and it’s a story about loyalty. This is a story about a loyal dog that was left at a train station by his owner without knowing that he had died at work. The community and patrons of the train station supported Hachiko and took care of him for ten years. Because of Hachiko’s loyalty, a statue was erected, but was later melted down for its metal during WWII. My favorite quote in the book was “Just say what is in your heart” because I feel that too many peo ...more
Megan Farmer
Feb 24, 2015 Megan Farmer rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
The book starts off with Hachi as a little puppy. His master’s name is Professor Ueno who is a very kind man, and loves Hachi very much. Every day, Professor Ueno takes the train to and from work; and every day, Hachi follows him to the train station and is there when he returns to the station. Hachi is a very obedient and loyal dog, and always shows up at exactly 3 P.M. every day to greet Professor Ueno. One afternoon, Professor Ueno didn't arrive at the train station from work. Hachi waits pat ...more
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Lesléa Newman (born 1955, Brooklyn, NY) is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and th
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