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Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  99 reviews
An irresistible family of dogs and the man who believed in them.

Meet Luciano Anastasini, a man who calls the circus home.
Meet ten dogs that have no home.

When fate brings man and dogs together, a remarkable story of belief and second chances unfolds. So step right up, and prepare to be amazed!

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Cassidy Flood
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love dogs, so this was a good one to read. It was a bit longer, but it kept my interest. Especially since the photographs were real and not drawn.
Sunday Cummins
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK!!!!! Narrative about a circus performer who suffered tremendous injuries and was not able to perform anymore; he decides to adopt unwanted dogs from the pound. He observed the dogs' strengths and used these to create a hilariously entertaining show - where everyone is valued, loved, and belongs. This would be a great read aloud and then re-read aloud again for grades k-2. If you had multiple copies, it could be a great book for 2nd/3rd graders to read and discuss in st ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet and humorous tale about a man who had been a part of the circus all of his life. After a tragic accident, he tries to find a new niche, a new place for himself in the circus family. Along the way, he rescues several dogs and creates an act out of their own natural talents and energy.

I love that he doesn't 'train' them to do tricks as much as allow their boundless energy to be channeled in a funny act. I also love that he has adopted a new 'generation' of unwanted dogs who will j
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a dog trainer (and a human!) I LOVED this book! I don't know what circuses Luciano performs with but given his positive reinforcement approach to his work with the dogs my guess is it's Big Apple or some other animal friendly group (I hope). I would think he wouldn't be a big fan go Ringling Bros...
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal
I LOVE DOG'S AND Lucianos DOGS ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Esther May
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last summer I was able to see a dog show at my state fair. I enjoyed seeing the act, but I sure wish I would have read this book before going to the show. The story of this dog show is incredible. The way that the performer has changed the lives of the dogs is amazing. We loved learning about the different personalities of the dogs and how he caters his show to his dogs. A fun read.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well my heart is melted and I need 9 more dogs immediately.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and heartwarming
Kim Brown
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short, more of a children's book. But a delightful and inspirational read!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story the whole family enjoyed.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nonfiction/Twin Text Entry #5

This book is about a man named Luciano Anastasini who was born into a family of circus performers. He was severely injured during a stunt, and it took four operations to put him back together. After the accident, he was told that he would never be able to perform again. This was problematic for Anastasini because the circus was in his blood, so he decided to come up with a completely new act. He went to an animal shelter and adopted 10 dogs that nobody had bothered
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs
Author: Michaela Muntean
Genre: Nonfiction/Informational

Plot Summary: This story is an account of a man named Luciano who has been surrounded by family members in the circus all his life. Without surprise he joins the circus and does lots of crazy stunts. Unfortunately one time his stunts lead him to a severe injury and he lost hope on following his dreams of being a circus perfomer. His imagination kicked in when he thought about how he could stay in his dr
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fiction twin text- Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed

These two texts were the most obvious pair in my mind. Both stories feature underdogs that have been rejected in one way or another but manage to get a second chance. Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs is such a sweet book about a man whose career as a circus performer is drastically altered when he sustains a life changing injury as the result of falling during his act. As he tries to pick up the pieces of his life and figure out how to still be
This is one of my favorite books! It will become any dog lover's favorite too!
Luciano Anatasini's family, all the way back to his great-great-grandparents, have been circus performers. He loves the circus! By the time he was twelve, Luciano was a famous juggler and acrobat. The circus was the only life he knew.
One day he fell over fifty feet and broke many bones. His high-flying career was over. But Luciano couldn't leave the circus so he developed a new act. This time with furry, four-legged
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

An inspirational story about an ex-circus performer who has taken on the challenging task of taking in unwanted dogs. Luciano Anastasini grew up in the Circus and comes from a family of circus performers. After a horrible accident that could have easily taken his life, Luciano is forced to do something else. Not able to escape the circus bug for long, he turns to teaching dogs, but these aren't just any dogs. These are dogs no one wants any more, and have spent countless times at the sh
Beth Nieman
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like dog stories that make you smile, this is the book for you!

Luciano, a third-generation circus performer who works in the trapeze act, had a bad fall and needed to come up with a new job to do at the circus. He knew he needed some partners--and he found all of them at the dog shelter.

As he got to know each dog personally, he figured out what kinds of behavior the dogs excelled at and incorporated them into his act, allowing each dog to shine.

Luciano says, "We are lucky, my dogs and me.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
A great book for animal/dog lovers! This book is about a circus performer, Luciano Anastasini, whose whole life has only known the circus. His family has always been connected to the circus, all the way back to his great-great-great grandparents. But one day, he falls from a highwire act and is told by his doctors that he won't be able to perform anymore stunts.

Luciano is devastated but determined to be somehow still be connected to the circus. An idea forms in his mind, where he adopts dogs fr
Katie Lawrence
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a lovely little book about dogs rescued from an animal shelter who are trained to be circus dogs. I loved hearing about Luciano and how he treats each of his dogs with kindness and respect, learning what they like to do before training them for the show. He sounds like a remarkable man with a very big heart. After his injury Luciano picked himself up and figured out a new way to keep doing what he loves - a great message for my students to hear! The only thing I wished the book included ...more
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Luciano grew up knowing that he would be a circus performer, just like his parents, his grandparents, and even his great-great-great-great-grandparents. But a serious injury during a high wire act seemed to end Luciano's dreams of performing in front of a crowd. Then Luciano got an idea. He found five dogs at an animal shelter that also had a dream - a dream of a home with a human who appreciated them for who they were. This man and these dogs have a second chance, and with hard work and determi ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 760L
Pages: unpaged (40)
Summary: Luciano Anastasini’s family were circus performers for many generations and that’s all Luciano ever wanted or intended to be until one day in Chicago when he fell 50 feet off the high wire and was no longer able to perform as an acrobat or wire walker. What was Luciano to do? He loved the circus and didn’t want to leave, so he decided to create a new act and give himself and stray dogs that no one else wanted a second chance. Instead of training the
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
True story of a young circus performer, Luciano Anastasini, who was severely injured and could no longer perform his amazing acrobatic stunts. Being a performer was in his blood from generation after generation of circus entertainers though, and giving up the dream was not easy to do. After years of working the ticket booth, hanging posters and anything other odd job to keep him with the circus Luciano came up with a wild idea: to train stray dogs. Just like himself these animals were needing a ...more
Abby Johnson
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
A feel-good story about an injured circus performer who gets his life back on track by rescuing and training dogs to perform in the circus with him. With its large, full-color photos and positive message, this will be a surefire hit with kids, parents, and teachers alike. Pick this one up for a story about perseverence, creative problem solving, kindness to animals, or just a feel-good story.

(Worth noting that there is no back matter for this nonfiction book, but also worth noting is that it's n
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Luciano Anastasini, born to generations of circus performers. He fell from the high wire and broke so many bones it took four operations to put him back together. He needed a new act if he wanted to continue performing and he found one. He rescued dogs that no one else wanted and worked with them until he had a show.

This book warmed my heart as it will any dog lover. The story, the bio of each dog, the overall theme of second chances left a smile on my face and a desire to s
Ann Haefele
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Luciano, raised to be a circus performer, can no longer perform after breaking many bones in a fall from a trapeze circus act. Not knowing anything but performing and feeling bereft, he takes in unwanted dogs and loves each of them unconditionally. Not only do the dogs heal under Luciano's care, but Luciano's spirit also heals. He eventually ends up with an amazing circus act after thoughtful training of each dog, but the real story is the healing power of unconditional love. With large colored ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stay is another nonfiction narrative nominated for this year's Bluestem. It is about Luciano Anastasini, a circus acrobat who suffered a career-ending fall. Refusing to leave the circus, Luciano decided to begin a new act, with trained dogs as the performers. But rather than going to breeders and pet stores, Luciano sought his performers from the pound and successfully trained dogs that previous owners had given up on. I think our students will enjoy this book; it is a heartfelt story about pati ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom-use
I really like this story, not only for its idea of teamwork, but that teamwork can come from groups that people don't always expect. It shows that people and animals are worth a second chance and that even if we have an annoying trait or two (and who doesn't) others can overlook those to find that great traits that we have that are the most valuable. I think it would be interesting to do some research on this story as well to find out what's new and how things have changed. I'm thinking of using ...more
Paige Freeman
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a true story about circus performer Luciana Anastasini and his dogs. He and the dogs perform humorous acts for the circus show that Luciana grew up with. The book offers examples of second chances for both people and pets. The photographs in the book are very amusing and match the text exactly. It guides the reader through the training and routine that the dogs and Luciana would perform in front of the large crowds at the circus. I teach a unit about pet care combined with living and non ...more
Luciano was a long time circus performer looking for a new act after a serious accident. Bowser, Penny, Stick, Tyke and Cocoa (+ 5 more) were "bad dogs" whose owners had given up on them. This is what happened when Luciano "rescued" the dogs. I love this book! The dogs look so happy. I also really like the afterword, where Luciano writes about the importance of dogs having jobs (just like Cesar Milan!); so many problems dogs have is because they're lonely and bored, and this is our fault, not th ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming story of dogs with problems that no one else seemed to want. Luciano Anastasini was looking for a way to stay in the circus after healing from a terrible accident with many broken bones. Luciano used patience, positive reinforcement, and the idea to let the dogs show him what they wanted to do.

I didn't expect to get to know ten different dogs in a short informational picture book like this, but the personalities of the dogs seem to leap right out of the pages of the book!
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