From beloved author Patricia Polacco comes the heartwarming and true story of Vera, an amazing dog who was found as a stray by the US Coast Guard, moved into the San Francisco Bay base, and became a hero and friend. In 1962 a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn't be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog. Then one day when high waves challenged another vessel at sea, it was Vera's fierce determination and natural swimming ability that brought the life preserver and safety line to the sinking boat. Vera became a hero and the beloved pet and mascot of the San Francisco Coast Guard.
Author: Patricia Polacco Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Published: 10/03/2017 Pages: 32 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.01lbs Size: 11.00h x 8.90w x 0.50d ISBN: 9781481442275 Audience: Ages 4-8
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 4.8 Point Value: 0.5 Interest Level: Lower Grade Quiz #/Name: 191791 / Remembering Vera
Review Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2017 School Library Journal 07/01/2017 Publishers Weekly 08/07/2017 Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2018 pg. 58 - Recommended, Satisfactory
About the Author Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children's books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona's Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka's Doll, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Sticks and Stones, and Palace of Books. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.