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. Volume VIII Number 13 . . . . March 1, 2002
Sandwiches for Duke, written by Judy Ann Sadler and illustrated by Lorna Bennett, is the story of the relationship between a young girl and her dog. Duke just arrives at the family farm one day and immediately becomes Josie's constant and faithful companion. On this particular day, the father, his children and Duke are out in the field removing rocks when a tornado strikes. Josie's favorite possession, her flowered hat, blows from her head as the family runs for the shelter of the farmhouse. Only when the family members are safely tucked away in the basement does Josie realize Duke is not with them. The storm lasts for a long time, and Josie spends the period blaming herself for Duke's absence. Finally, the weather clears, Mom makes sandwiches for supper, and Josie goes out to call her dog home, but there is no answer. She waits and waits as night comes on and then calls one last time. As the house floods with light, Duke appears with an unexpected present in his mouth.
Sandwiches for Duke is a wonderful story that is brought to life with the vivid, realistic illustrations provided by Bennett, and readers are drawn into Josie's life through these paintings. Though Sadler's text is precise in developing the story, it is the expressions on the characters' faces that bring the emotional content to this story. The resulting book is a perfect melding of the talents of the author and the illustrator. Children will enjoy this story and will identify with Josie's feelings. The excitement and suspense of Sandwiches for Duke is brought to a warm, satisfying conclusion.
Martin Noonan is a teacher living in Old Perlican, NF.
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