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Only One Woof [Hardcover]

James Herriot
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Sept. 23 1985
Gyp, a cheerful but always silent sheep dog, startles everyone with uncharacteristic behavior during the championship sheep dog trials.
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This is the British veterinarian's second book for children and surely destined to join all his stories on bestseller lists. Herriot's understated narrative stars Gyp and Sweep, sheepdog brothers with an extraordinary love for each other. Their owners, Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins, sell Sweep to a farmer but keep Gyp becauseas they tell the authorhe has never once barked. A year later, the Wilkinses take Gyp to a sheepdog trial where Sweep is performing admirably. Gyp watches intently and, as his brother guides the last of his flock into the pen, the soundless dog barks a single woof, before running to join Sweep in lusty play as in their puppy days. And that, Herriot declares, was the only time Gyp felt it necessary to give voice. Although Barrett's humans are stiff and unexpressive, his full-color paintings of animals and of the unspoiled, serene English countryside are simply wonderful. 175,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; first serial rights to Redbook; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3 The Yorkshire vet tells the story of two sheepdog puppies, Gyp and Sweep, born on Mr. Wilkin's farm. Sweep is taken by another family and turns out to be an excellent sheepdog. His brother remains at Mr. Wilkins and never barks. At the sheepdog trials Gyp sees Sweep and he "woofs" in recognitionthe only time in his life that Gyp ever barks. The pretty, softly colored realistic illustrations nicely convey the feeling of the English countryside and the character of the dogs. This low-key story is similar in format and mood to Herriot's Moses the Kitten (St. Martin's Pr, 1984) and will appeal more to adult Herriot fans than young listeners. More daring dog adventures can be found in Angus Lost (Doubleday, 1941) by Flack, Goggles (Macmillan, 1971) by Keats or the "Harry" series (Harper) by Zion.Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Pub . Lib . , Manitoba, Can .
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Retelling Of A Favorite Story Dec 16 2003
Format:Paperback
When I first read the chapter in an earlier Herriot book relating the story of the silent young sheepdog, I was inexplicably moved. Later in life, when I had the extreme good fortune to become the owner of a border collie pup, I named her Gyp in honor of Mr. Herriot's wonderful tale. This particular version for children is a delight for readers young and old alike. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An wonderful read! Oct. 19 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book was a favorite of my childhood and I still read it to this day. I pick it up somtimes at night or just when I want a quick read! All children will love this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT Oct. 4 2006
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding
This particular Herriot story has been and is one of my favoites out of his several books. There is something quite charming and human here that is difficult to put a finger on. Being a dog lover of course helps, but this is the type of story that will appeal to just about everyone. Only One Woof is the story of a sheep dog who did just that, uttered only one woof in his entire life. This wonderful story has here been made into a children's books with wonderful illustrations by Peter Barrett. The art work alone is worth the price of the book. I have read this one to classes and it is universally love by the kids. I highly recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An wonderful read! Oct. 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was a favorite of my childhood and I still read it to this day. I pick it up somtimes at night or just when I want a quick read! All children will love this story.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Retelling Of A Favorite Story Dec 16 2003
By Gary J. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first read the chapter in an earlier Herriot book relating the story of the silent young sheepdog, I was inexplicably moved. Later in life, when I had the extreme good fortune to become the owner of a border collie pup, I named her Gyp in honor of Mr. Herriot's wonderful tale. This particular version for children is a delight for readers young and old alike. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars just one woof June 25 2014
By peppermint - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful true story adapted for kids by the best author of all time, James Herriot. I love the adult and kid version.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Endearing Story by James Herriot Feb. 24 2014
By David Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In our family's opinion, the James Herriot stories for children are his best works, and Only One Woof is no exception. Beautifully illustrated pages sweep the reader into the English countryside, and the British storyteller begins. Only One Woof is both humorous and poignant. The sheep dog, Gyp, grows up to be a faithful but silent companion to one of Herriot's veterinarian clients. The only time Gyp gives voice brings a smile to parent and child as they read together, bringing the reader to wonder what goes on in the quick minds of their canine companions? Highly recommended for animal lovers of all ages!
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