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Apr 16 2015

Bush rescue by Darrel and Sally Odgers

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Ill. by Janine Dawson. Pup Patrol series. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743623008
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Pets. Bushfires. Dogs. Animals. Rescue. Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval is a clever, handsome border collie and the narrator of the Pup Patrol series. Stamp and his nineteen year old owner James travel across the country in their four-wheel drive Fourby. James wants to train as a vet and in this adventure, he's adopted a young untrained dog named Ace.
After a stop at the Post Office to collect a new CB radio, James contacts his dad who warns him of bushfires in the local area. Just as James begins to wind up the jeep's windows a Major Mitchell cockatoo, Daisy Ado, flies in and lands on the back seat. Stamp talks to the bird and finds out she's lost her owner because of the fires approaching the town of Jasper. This leads to James helping the local vet to find and care for the town and farm pets. Rabbits, dogs, cats, goats and a pony all need a temporary home. James and Stamp are also involved in the last minute rescue of old Bob Dean and his aging black Labrador.
Janine Dawson's lively animal sketches are engaging. This new junior novel from the popular writing team of Darrel and Sally Odgers is just right for pet lovers from 6-8 years.
Rhyllis Bignell

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