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Publisher's Summary

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons. When Bone and Squirrel become separated, Squirrel must fend for herself, and in the process, makes two friends who in very different ways define her fate.
©2005 Ann M. Martin (P)2005 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 01-28-06

Touching and warm

This story of a dog's journey from puppyhood to old age tugs at the heart of tender listeners. Parts of it were a bit too sad for my 10-year-old son who is an avid dog lover. That said, the tale is well-told and doesn't shy from the difficulties of life as a stray. My son, despite having sobbed when Squirrel recounts the loss of her mother and brother, daily asked to listen to the story until he was able to finish it one rainy Saturday afternoon.

A bit serious, the book is still a good choice for anyone who loves animals and who wants to encourage their children to see the world through the sees of the noble dog.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jcsmitz1 on 06-04-07

wonderful book

my children and i read the book last year, and it was great. we listened to the audio version, and it was even better! the narrator does a wonderful job pulling you into the story. it ended way to soon!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 12-06-10

Lovely Listen

'A Dog's Life' is an absolutely wonderful book. A must if you are a dog lover. I couldn't stop listening.

Whilst the book is aimed at 9-12 year olds, I really think it would be loved by anybody. Beautifully written, it's a harsh tale of survival that will melt your heart.

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