Sophie

Sophie

The Incredible True Adventures of the Castaway Dog

Large Print - 2012
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Pearse tells the remarkable true story of a family's beloved dog lost at sea, her amazing survival on an isolated island for five months, and her extraordinary return home.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale Cengage Learning/Thorndike Press, c2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410447340
1410447340
Branch Call Number: LPE 636. 7 PEA
Characteristics: 379 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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Jul 13, 2015

I have to agree with many others who reviewed this story--5 stars for the dog, Sophie, and 2 stars for the book. The writing style had all the hype and upbeat tone of a newspaper article but was inappropriate for a book, especially one that dragged on this long. The story digressed into way too many unnecessary details (do we really need to know or care that the two youngest Griffith children were not planned pregnancies?).

The most important thing that the reader wants to learn--how did Sophie survive on her own for so many months?--is something that none of us will ever know, and as soon as I realized the book had no insights to offer I lost even more interest. While I was delighted to read all about Sophie, who sounds like a truly clever and loving dog, I did not warm to the Griffith family. The book also never answered the one burning question I had about Sophie's return to home: do the Griffiths ever take her out in the boat anymore, and if they do what measures do they take to ensure her safety? Maybe I am better off not knowing the answer to that one.

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