The Friskative Dog (Hardcover)
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375837777, 160pp.
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
Sharron was five when her father gave her the Friskative Dog. And just like the best-loved toys from The Velveteen Rabbit, Sharron has made the Friskative Dog real through her love and devotion.
Now Sharron is nine, and her father is missing, and the Friskative Dog is more necessary to her than ever. Her father walked out about a year ago and has been lost to her ever since. If he were a dog, he'd be able to find his way home, Sharron thinks. But people don't have the same homing instincts as dogs. And you can't train them to be true.
The Friskative Dog is about a young girl coming to accept that families can take all different shapes and sizes, and learning to live with hope and patience.
Susan Straight has written a spare, delicate story, rich in metaphor and meaning, and full of love.
Praise For The Friskative Dog…
“Beautifully-written narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Straight thoughtfully captures the 9-year-old girl’s ability to perceive her parent’s emotional struggles while dealing with feelings and questions of her own.”—Booklist
“Readers will . . . be glad to see the quiet and persistent heroine rewarded not only with the love of a good dog but with the promise of a closer family.”—The Bulletin