Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
By: Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann
Schwartz & Wade, 2018. J Fiction. 245p
This fictional telling of the true story of the wonder dog Strongheart, a German Shepherd dog, who was the first of his kind to make several black and white silent movies for Hollywood in the early 1920's. It was an enchanting book that took me on a journey through the life of a dog I had never heard of. I was fascinated to learn how an intelligent, beautiful dog could learn to act and was able to convey real emotion in his movies as well as being helpful and loyal. It was a quick entertaining read that everyone will enjoy from children to adults. The stunning black and white illustrations done by Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann helped bring the story to life. I hope this book is considered as a potential Caldecott contender this year.
If you are a dog lover and even if you aren't you will adore this book about Strongheart,