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Hachiko Waits

  Newman, Leslea

Illustrator: Kodaira, Machiyo
Publisher: H. Holt
Number of Pages: 96
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Realistic fiction

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Youth Fiction

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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

The notion that dogs are man's best friends has never been truer than the touching story of Hachiko. Based on a true story, Hachi and his owner Professor Ueno are both creatures of habit, doing things in a very routine fashion every day. Hachi even goes so far as to see his master off at the train station every morning, go home for a few hours, and then return to greet his master at the station each afternoon. When the Professor doesn't return one afternoon, loyal Hachi still waits and waits... for 10 years! Of course, Hachi has people looking out for him during these years, particularly a young boy and the station master, but no one can fill the shoes of the master he longs to see again.

This quick book is a must-read for animal lovers or anyone looking for a tale of true friendship. While the other characters are fictionalized, Professor Ueno and Hachi were real characters. Another book about Hachi came out the same year as this book. Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog is done in a picture book format and tells of another young boy's experience with Hachi. Each book shares different details about Hachi, and while I am not sure of all the facts, I prefer Hachiko Waits. The best thing about both books is that they reinforce that animals are sensitive creatures and have feelings just like us.

Reviewed by: Amanda "Mandy" O'Brien on 2/3/2007

Similar Titles:

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner
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