Publisher description for Hachiko waits / by Lesl‚ea Newman ; illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira.


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"Profoundly sad and hopeful at the same time . . . Hachiko Waits shows us the very best in life loyalty, devotion, our ability to love-all taught by a beloved, intelligent, and heroic dog. I love it." -Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah Plain and Tall

The loyalty and devotion of a dog has no bounds

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 is a novel inspired by a true story. Readers will be touched by the story of Hachiko and his impact on the people of Japan.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Hachiko (Dog) Juvenile fiction, Hachiko (Dog) Fiction, Akita dog Fiction, Dogs Fiction, Japan History 1912-1945 Fiction