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Calico Dorsey

Written by Susan LendrothAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Susan Lendroth
Illustrated by Adam GustavsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Adam Gustavson

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night kept this poch from his appointed rounds!

Back in the 1880s, when the Old West boomed with the rush for gold and silver, the miners of Calico, California, needed a mail carrier they could count on.  And they found him in a Border collie named Dorsey.  Based on the true story of the most celebrated canine mail carrier in U.S. history, Calico Dorsey tells the tale of a winsome stray who found both a home and a calling on the mining trails of the Old West.

An Author's Note includes a photograph of the real-life Dorsey, as well as historical information about the dog and the mining town he called home. 

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   Al Stacy almost missed the stray huddled on the porch. Wistful brown eyes looked up at him from the shadows. Al sighed. "Come on," he said, opening the door.
   His brother, Everett, was stirring a pot while Everett's daughter, Nellie set the table.
   "Where'd you find him?" asked Nellie.
   "He sort of found me," said Al, shaking the rain off his hat. Everett dished up four plates of stew over biscuits. Nellie brought one to the wet dog, then sat beside him, stroking his bedraggled fur.
   "What's his name, Uncle Al?"
   "I think I'll call him Dorsey."
   Al's new dog wagged his tail.
Susan Lendroth|Adam Gustavson

About Susan Lendroth

Susan Lendroth - Calico Dorsey
SUSAN LENDROTH doesn't live far from Calico, the mining town where the dog called Dorsey used to deliver mail. Calico Dorsey is Susan's third picture book.  She lives in Sierra Madre, California.

About Adam Gustavson

Adam Gustavson - Calico Dorsey
ADAM GUSTAVSON has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the award-winning The Yankee at the Seder, also published by Tricycle Press. Adam received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey.
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Review, Booklist, October 15, 2010:
"This title, illustrated in realistic, appealing oil paintings and spare, well-paced prose, conveys a sense of the Old West—not the rush for riches but the open trail and the warm details of daily activity. ...[C]hildren will eagerly follow Dorsey as he travels the trails alone, with mailbags buckled onto his furry back."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"Readers should enjoy—and be enlightened by—this delightful sidebar to California history."

Review, Modern Dog, Winter 2010/2011 issue:
"Adam Gustavson's delightful images ensure readers both young and old will enjoy this tale that illustrates the important roles dogs can play in our lives."
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