Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Turner, Pamela.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
IL K-3, RL 5.4
ISBN 0618140948

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

If you should happen to visit Tokyo, Japan, you might be intrigued to find a statue of a dog at the entrance to Shibuya Train Station. This dog is Hachiko and you will be impressed to learn his tale of loyalty and love as he waited for ten years for his master to return from work. This true story captures the real spirit of devotion and defines the true meaning of “man’s best friend.”.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

Booktalk #2

Have you ever waited for someone to come home each day? Imagine walking to the same place every day to meet your best friend. Imagine watching hundreds of people pass by every morning and every afternoon. Imagine waiting and waiting and waiting for ten years. This is what Hachiko did. Hachiko was a real dog that lived in Tokyo, a dog that
faithfully waited for his owner at the Shibuya train station long after his owner could not come to meet him. He became famous for his loyalty and was adored by scores of people who passed through the station every day. Step into the mind of Kentaro, a young Japanese boy, as this story of a loyal dog that never stopped waiting for his owner
unfolds in 1925. Hachiko, an Akita dog owned by an elderly professor, accompanied his master to the train station each day to see him off to work. Every day, Hachiko patiently waited at the station all day for his master to come home, then walked with him back to their home. When Hachiko’s owner died unexpectedly at work one day, Hachiko loyally maintained his watch at the station … for almost ten years. Hachiko became famous for his loyalty, enchanting the Japanese people, who came to the station in scores just to see the dog waiting in the same spot each day. When Hachiko eventually died in 1932 while waiting at the station, the people of Tokyo erected a bronze statue in his honor at Shibuya station in Tokyo. Every April 8th, a festival is held there in Hachiko’s honor, and people come from near and far to place flowers, wreaths, and other remembrances on his statue. Hachiko’s statue remains a favorite meeting place for people in Tokyo today. Prepared by: Jenny Dilworth for SCASL Picture Book Awards, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Hachiko (Dog)
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