A Roving Rover: Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch

Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Owney the Mail-Pouch PoochAuthor: Mona Kerby (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Barasch (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374356858

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Neither wind nor rain nor the dog-catchers of Quebec can keep the unofficial mascot of the America Railway Mail Service from crisscrossing the continent and, eventually, the globe in this surprising but true tale of a nineteenth century Littlest Hobo.

You can read more about Owney here.

More dogs on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Linda Collison shares a recent favourite, Newbery Award winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village (written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Robert Byrd).

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Comment by Anamaria

November 17, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

What is it about dog books? My daughter will read (or listen to) just about anything if it has a dog in it. This one is our favorite of the Owney books. The real (stuffed) Owney is definitely worth seeing, too! He’s at the Postal Museum just across the street from Union Station in DC. I was worried that the kids would find him a little creepy, but they were fascinated. Thanks for the review!

Comment by Karen

November 18, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

Callum is going to love this one!

JOMB is going to cost me a fortune this holiday season. My list is getting reeeaaallly long.

Thanks for all the great reviews and turning me onto all of these quality books.(Sure beats Callum’s school book fair *groan*).

Comment by Lee Wind

November 18, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

Hi Mark and Andrea,
This is a great recommendation. It reminds me a lot of “Flat Stanley” – a project I think for 3rd graders where they send this character via the mail all over the world – it could be a fun way to talk to smaller kids about geography…
Thanks for keeping so much good stuff coming!

Comment by caribookscoops

November 18, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

Wow! I had know idea that a dog could become a mascot for the postal service. What a fun story!

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