In October 2017, massive wildfires devastated Northern California, yet out of the ashes came a story of hope and love. In the middle of the night, when Odin’s family fled the flames racing toward their ranch, the working dog, a Great Pyrenees, refused to go with them. Instead, he chose to stay behind and guard his flock of eight goats. This true story of a fearless and faithful dog is beautifully illustrated by Carrie Salazar.
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“A Great Pyrenees dog named Odin narrates this dramatic story based on true events. The dog relates the harrowing tale in first-person present tense, adding dramatic suspense as the plot unfolds. . . The scenes of the nighttime fire and the hazy, gray day that follows, however, project a dreamlike effect that in combination with the posed animals conveys the nightmarish quality of the wildfire and its aftermath. . . A final page gives information about Great Pyrenees dogs. An entertaining story of a dog’s brave behavior in a devastating wildfire.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A heartwarming tale of survival against all odds… Highly recommended for all school libraries.” –School Library Journal