Santiago Stays

Santiago Stays

Book - 2013
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"Santiago stays. He does not budge when offered a walk. He does not want to move at all. But all ends well"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Appleseed, c2013
ISBN: 9781419708213
Branch Call Number: JX FIC DOM
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.

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forbesrachel Sep 29, 2013

It's a standoff between a puppy and his boy. Truly this book speaks to how it is not always easy to train a puppy, and this one is especially determined to do what it wants. Not even the temptation of its favourite turkey treat, can convince him. A denial which is surprising to the reader who fully expects he will accept after seeing his wide-eyed "want" look (all dogs give this).

Distance is both implied and visually represented between the two, often showing one in the foreground while the other is in the background, and not even appearing together on the same page. Only at the end do both stand side by side, and it is thanks to the actions of another. Even with such a sweet ending, things are largely unresolved between them, and are never addressed.

One note should be made in regards to dogs, the boys shout of frustration may make for a good climax, but yelling at a dog in real life produces nothing but bad results; training should remain positive.

Warm tones, and a softly rounded style, help to hint at the approaching positive outcome. Toys, and treats are all things dogs like, but it is companionship that they really love. True bonds are not created through superficial means, but through shared emotions.

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