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Hachiko Waits

Hachiko Waits

Based on a True Story

Lesléa Newman; Illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira

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"What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan."
Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o'clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his beloved master. One day, the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachi waits.
For ten years, Hachi waits for his master to return. Not even Yasuo, the young boy who takes care of Hachi, can persuade him to leave his post.
Hachiko Waits, a novel inspired by a true story, brings to life the legendary Akita who became a national symbol for loyalty and devotion. This is a must-read for dog lovers of all ages.

Hachiko Waits is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Kansas State Reading Circle, Illinois Bluestem Book Award, ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, Book Sense Children's Pick, Illinois Bluestem Book Award ML, Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master List, Alabama Emphasis on Reading Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, West Virginia Children's Book Award ML, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Great Lakes Book Award - Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, Charlotte Zolotow Award / Honor Book, West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize - Nominee

Praise for Hachiko Waits

“Hachiko embodies all the best qualities of a dog. He is loyal, brave, gentle, and childlike. Based on a true story from Japan, this is a beautiful tribute to a historic dog.” —Book Sense Pick of the List, Fall 2004

“Lesléa Newman has done an amazing thing. She has written a book that is both profoundly sad and hopeful at the same time. When the world needs such a story, Hachiko Waits shows us the very best in life: loyalty, devotion, our ability to love, to nurture, to care about someone other than ourselves--all taught by a beloved, intelligent and heroic dog. The voice and the art are authentically Japanese, though the heart of the book and its meanings cross all cultures. This book is for all ages. I love it.” —Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

“This will be popular with dog lovers; consider having a packet of tissues on hand.” —Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Lesléa Newman; Illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira

Lesléa Newman is a poet, an animal lover, and the author of Runaway Dreidel!, Cats, Cats, Cats!, Daddy's Song, and other picture books. Her awards include the Parents' Choice Silver Medal and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont and a Certificate of Poetics from Naropa Institute, where she was Allen Ginsburg's apprentice. She has worked as a preschool teacher, secretary, waitress, freelance reporter, and sales clerk, and now teaches writing for children and young adults at Spalding University. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Machiyo Kodaira is a native of Tokyo, Japan, and a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Hachi's story was Ms. Kodaira's first book for young readers.

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