written and illustrated by Robert J. Blake

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  • Storytelling World Resource Award
  • Children's Gallery Award Winner
  • Children's Crown Award

For as long as he could remember, Johnnie has longed to go off hunting with Pa and their dog, Swift. Now the much-anticipated day has arrived, but Johnnie's first hunt comes to an abrupt end when a grizzly bear attacks Pa, leaving him wounded and unable to walk. 'Listen to the dog,' his father urges him as the boy starts out into the treacherous forest, led by the knowledgeable Swift, on a daring rescue mission to save his father.

I lived with a homesteading family in Alaska and this book came out of my adventure there.

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