Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson

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A faithful little dog must survive on his own in the wild in this evocative tale of loss and reunion from acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson and the inimitable Timothy Basil Ering.

Abba Jacob is a monk who lives on a far, far away island with his loyal rat terrier, Snook. Every day, from the wee hours of dawn till the sun sets over the sea, Snook keeps Abba Jacob company as he prays or works, tending the gardens or fixing the plumbing of the little hermitage he calls home. But when the two are separated by a ferocious storm, Snook must learn to fend for himself in the wild, all alone in a world of fierceness and wonder. Will he ever again hear the loving voice that he waits for? Simply and lyrically told by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson and beautifully illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering with wit, warmth, and affection for the natural world, this captivating tale of friendship lost and found conveys the power of faith against all odds.

About Marilyn Nelson

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Marilyn Nelson is the author of many acclaimed books for young people and adults, including CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL, a Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She also translated THE LADDER, a picture book by Halfdan Rasmussen. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut. Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo and FINN THROWS A FIT! by David Elliott. He is also the author-illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE and NECKS OUT FOR ADVENTURE! He lives in Massachusetts.
Published September 14, 2010 by Candlewick. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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“Abba Jacob was a monk who lived in a hermitage on the island in a faraway sea,” reads the opening line of Nelson and Ering’s remarkable collaboration, but readers soon discover that the monk does not lead an entirely solitary existence.

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Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering is the story of an adorable rat terrier named Snook, who lives on a far-away island (in the South Pacific?) with a monk.

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The Washington Post

Water-level views of Snook in the prow of a boat - ears flying, nose pointed at the sky - give way to bleak beaches across which a small, black-and-white figure trudges, nose to the sand.

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