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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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Ashley
Jun 12, 2011 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who have read SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
Recommended to Ashley by: Mr. West
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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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Jack
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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Lisse
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
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
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
Clara
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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Baylee
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.
Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
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
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
Matthew West
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
Cameryn
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
Megan Farmer
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
Rachel Anne  Boody
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
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
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
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
Heather
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?
Mercedes Enciso
Newman, L., & Kodaira, M. (2004). Hachiko waits. New York: Henry Holt.

Hachiko Waits is such a great book that is based on a true story about a dog and his owner. A dog named Hachiko one day followed his owner, Professor Ueno, to the train. Hachiko is usually not allowed to even leave the house but the professor was running late that day. To his surprise, the professor finds Hachiko waiting for him at the train station when he returns at the end of the day. But one day, the professor did not
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Anne
Another Bluestem, read it with my first grader, made her cry. The fourth grader warned me that it was "so sad."
Schuyler
Even though the book is based off a true story, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. The pictures were nicely drawn, but I didn't personally feel that they added anything to the story that wasn't already there. Children also might find it fun to learn a few Japanese words, but for me the words were distracting and just felt out of place. The writing and dialogue also felt too simple for me to fully enjoy, even though I have read and enjoyed many other children's books.

I believe the main
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Christie
This was great book, based on a true story of a smart Akita that waited for his owner every day at 3 to get off the train. This story brought tears to my eyes. It showed that persistence and loyalty pay off in the end. I tells of love and a boy's growth and acceptance of responsibility that lead to Hachiko to be remembered by all. It is a great story that should not only be spread in Japan but in the US too.
Cloe Fields
"Hachiko Waits" by leslea newman is one of my favorite book ever since i first read it.In the rising action caught my attention of read more of how the dog listens to his owner and obeys him. At the climax surprized me how the dog waits every day for his owner.Falling action made me cry when hachiko's owner died and made me want to grab my dog and hug her tightly.This book is a must read.
Jo
Beautiful. <3

I have definitely cried many tears over this wonderful dog and his amazing story of loyalty. This is a beautifully written fictional version based of course, on the real Hachiko, faithful dog of Japan. Gorgeous illustrations are included throughout the book. A wonderful story I will never forget.

Visiting Hachiko's statue in Japan will be going on my life goals list. ;)
LG
Not to be confused with Nipper the gramophone dog, Hachikō is one of the world’s most famous dogs, inspiring the publication of two children’s books in 2004, including this one. Both fictionalize the legend, adding the character of a boy who befriends the dog throughout his nine-year vigil. Newman also sets two scenes on Tango-no-Sekku, Boys’ Day in Japan, emphasizing the bond between the two young males who must learn to deal with the ups and downs of life. This treatment makes Hachikō’s story ...more
Lauryn Carroll
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Alison Jones
This book couldn't fail with me. I own my own lovely Japanese Akita who is the image of Hachiko and already knowing the history of this loyal canine, I fell in love with this simple and short book. There are more involved books that relate Hachi's life out there but this one is easy and suitable for younger readers. The line drawings add to the appeal.
Purvika
When I had seen the movie, I had shed tears when the dog waited for his master. But reading it made me forgot the movie. The way it is described, the characters, the relationship between the professor and hachi. The scene where hatchi does fetch the ball, makes me cry. INCREDIBLE STORY, I loved it ....
Jeff Zell
Dec 13, 2014 Jeff Zell added it
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A heartwarming tale of devotion based on a relationship between an Akita dog and his master, the Professor. The master took the train to work every day and arrived back home on the 3pm train. Hachiko would walk with the Professor to the train and then run home when the train left. He would return at 2:55pm to wait for the Professor. When the Professor died at school during the day, the dog continued to wait for him at the station. For the rest of the dog's life, he returned to the station at 2:5 ...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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