Black Dog

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Puffin, 1991 - Dogs - 32 pages
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Black Dog and Christina lived together in a little house near a forest. They had been best friends for a long time. Then, one cold day in winter, everything began to change. A hauntingly beautiful book to reach out and touch us all. 32 pages Paperback

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An amazing story that I remember from when I was a child and a story I continue to love to this day.

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I struggled to even give this book a rating of 1. We purchased a pack of Pamela Allen books for my daughter not realising the content of two of the books. When reading "Black Dog" we were mortified at the storyline, which is certainly not something you should be reading to a two year old at bedtime (which we were). At this age my daughter is a sponge and I have no doubt this story would've affected her in a negative way. The illustrations are what can only be described as terrifying. Proceed with caution. 

About the author (1991)

Pamela Allenis a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For almost thirty years her picture books have enchanted generations of children in Australia and overseas and many of her titles have won prestigious awards and commendations. She has earned classic status through the enduring popularity of her stories with the very young.

Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela's titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company, and performed in the Sydney Opera House. In 2004, Grandpa and Thomaswon the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood and The Potato Peoplewas named an Honour Book in the same category in 2003, and Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrellawas shortlisted for the same award in 2007, as was Shhh! Little Mousein 2008. Is Your Grandmother a Goanna?won a 2008 Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Award, as did Our Daft Dog Dannyin 2010.

'From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.'

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