Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog  
Every day Hachiko walked to the Shibuya train station in Tokyo to meet his best friend. Hachiko waited, and waited, long after his owner could not come to meet him. This is Hachiko’s story as seen through the eyes of Kentaro, a boy whose life is changed forever by his friendship with this very special dog. Simply told, and illustrated with Yan Nascimbene’s lush watercolors, Hachiko’s tale will touch your heart.  
Golden Kite Honor Award
Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon List
Parent's Choice Foundation Silver Award
Booklist starred review
Booklist Editor's Choice
ASPCA Henry Bergh Honor Award
Miami Herald Best Book of the Year
National Council on Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Book
International Reading Association Teacher's Choice
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Junior Library Guild selection
Booklist starred review:
“This beautifully crafted picture book pays tribute to one of the world's lesser-known animal heroes: Hachiko … Turner unfolds this poignant true story in the natural, unaffected voice of Kentaro, a fictional little boy, who wonders at the dog's unswerving devotion. Unobtrusive details evoke a sense of place (‘ladies in kimonos walked carefully, trying to keep their white tabi socks away from the grime of the streets’), as does Nascimbene's spare line-and-watercolor artwork, reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints … this will resonate with any child who has loved a dog and been loved in return.”
School Library Journal:
“The softly hued watercolor illustrations have a simplicity that brings to mind the style of Japanese woodcuts. Each small image of Hachiko expresses the personality of this furry, gentle creature … this touching tale will capture the hearts of young dog lovers.”
San Francisco Chronicle:
“The story of a real dog that became an icon in Japan is movingly told in Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog ... the book's gentle tone, compelling story and exquisite art are a winning combination.”
Parents' Press:
Hachiko is certainly the most aesthetic work for children we've seen this year, and a prose poem to dogs' ultimate virtue: loyalty. … this simply written fable makes its points with graceful restraint. Highly recommended.”
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
illustrated by Yan Nascimbene
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004
paperback ISBN 978-0547237558
discussion guide
Manchee enjoys reading about other dogs
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