Book review: The Tale of Rescue, by Michael J. Rose, illustrated by Stan Fellows

Rosen, Michael J. The Tale of Rescue. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Candlewick Press, 2015. $14.99. ISBN 9780763671679. 103 pgs. Ages 10-13. P8Q9

I loved this beautifully illustrated story about a family rescued from a dangerous situation by a heroic cattle dog. The mother and father take their 10 year old son on a weekend adventure, so he can experience a snowy country weekend. They get lost while walking in the woods, and are overcome by a blizzard. The cattle dog knows that something is wrong, finds the family, and using the herd of cattle as a sort of snow plow, clears the way for them. Eight years later, the boy goes looking for the dog who saved them, and finds that her name is Angus, like all the other cattle dogs the farmer has owned. The language is poetic and beautiful, and the dark watercolor illustrations perfectly accompany the text.

VERDICT: Dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this book very much, and readers of survival stories will also find something to like.

April 2017 review by Carol Schramm.

Book review: John Muir: America’s first environmentalist

Lasky, Kathryn. John Muir: America’s first environmentalist. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Includes bibliography and index. “Candlewick Biographies.” Candlewick, 2006. $14.99 ISBN 978076366470 45 p. Ages 6-9. P6Q7

Using his diaries as source material, Kathryn Lasky brings Scottish immigrant John Muir to life in this biography for young readers. Muir’s own words show his love of the land and his passion to see over the next horizon, as he walked from Wisconsin to Florida, Alaska to California. As a farmer, inventor, ranch hand, naturalist, and author, Muir studied nature, from wildflowers in Florida to glaciers in Alaska. Later, his letters and other writings influenced politicians to preserve wilderness areas through the creation of national parks, notably Yosemite National Park. Vivid acrylic paintings of Muir and the landscapes around him show growth and maturity from the early picture of two brothers climbing the roof of their Scottish home, through Muir’s wandering years, and to the iconic picture of him as a white-haired philosopher. Recommended for school and public library collections. October 2014 review by Jane Cothron.