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Book: The Adventures of Snip in Oregon
Author: Betty S. Moir
Illustrator: Yumi V. Vong
Publisher: Booksurge, 2009
Related website: www.Booksurge.com (publisher)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne Walker
Moir, Betty S. The Adventures of Snip in Oregon (published in 2009 by Booksurge). If your family had just moved into a new community and needed some kind of glue to hold you all together, what do you think it would be? When the Moir family, Dad, Mom, Jim Jr., John, and Heather, returned to the States after being in the Philippines and other places for seven years and living out of suitcases for eighteen months as they traveled to their new home near Eugene, Oregon, they found a Snip, a shaggy black sheep dog who was half poodle malamute and half husky. Snip had belonged to a couple from Bend, Oregon, who had to relocate to Guam and couldn’t take the dog, so the Moirs adopted him. The Adventures of Snip in Oregon recounts various tales about this lovable dog as he wanders around the Moir family farm in the peaceful Northwest countryside and interacts with their daily lives.
Author Betty S. Moir gives us a picturesque view of warm and friendly family life with a beloved pet during the 1970s in the six chapters of this book which introduce Snip. Particularly interesting to me were Snip’s encounters with the raccoon and with the skunk, as well as the time when he rescued Jim Jr. While the reading level is ages 9-12, these are stories which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and would probably hold the attention even of youngsters ages 4-9 for reading aloud, especially with the combination of simple watercolor drawings by Yumi V. Vong and 1970s vintage photographs. My only complaint is that the print seems a little small for children. Otherwise, as a person who grew up with dogs around, I found this a very pleasant, even nostalgic, book to read. More chapters in Snip’s life are promised to follow.
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