Book Description

A heart-warming story about how a loving friendship is formed between a dog and an old man that lives by the sea.

Sam is an old sailor who lives alone in an old tramcar by the sea. He loves scouring the beach for treasures after big storms. One morning after a big storm, he finds a small dog that is only just alive among the debris washed up by the sea. This is a classic tale of companionship between an old man and his dog.

  • A story about how friendships can be formed at the unlikeliest of times.
  • A heart-warming tale complemented by gorgeous detailed illustrations.
  • An interesting story about an eccentric old sailor and a fluffy dog.

Dick and Judy Frizzell met at Art School in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1962. They got married in 1964 and moved to Auckland. Dick took illustration work to support his growing family. In 1981 he was awarded the Russell Clark Memorial Medal for his Illustrations for the New Zealand Christmas book, A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree which is still in print today! In 2000 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art and illustration. Today Judy and Dick live in Auckland where Dick continues to paint and illustrate, and Judy continues to be his mentor, minder and manager.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: M

Grade Level Equivalent: 2

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, Story elements: setting; beach, plot and character development, main character, Sam, the old sailor, Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Imagery, vivid and detailed text, figurative language: metaphor, alliteration, Comprehension strategies: Predict outcomes, identify cause and effect relationships, sequence of events, & changes from beginning to end of the story, Themes: finding a “treasure”, dog rescue.

Interest Age: 5 to 8 years

Reading Age: 7 to 8 years

RRP: £6.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-091-7

Format: Paperback

World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Book Details
Dick Frizzell
Judy Frizzell
21.0 cm in H · 25.5 cm in W · 24 pages
Release Date:
October 2021
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