A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Barry: The Bravest Saint Bernard by Lynn Hall

Barry: The Bravest Saint Bernard by Lynn Hall
Illus. by  Antonio Castro
Step Into Reading Step 4
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 13th 1992 by Random House
first published 1973 by Garrard Publishing
Source: Purchased new a very long time ago

This is a wonderful true story for early chapter book readers. Obviously, the characters, and perhaps this particular Barry are composites. However it tells an exciting and sweet story of the remarkable Saint Bernard dogs housed at a monastery of the same name, and the monks who devoted themselves to rescuing people in the Alps. Both those lost or buried in avalanches. It became a tradition afterwards to name the finest dog Barry so that there would always be one. This edition of the book has new illustrations, rather than the originals found in the "Garrard Publishers" first edition. The story is current to the 1990s but I've found out that though the monks are still there running a Hospice the dogs became too much of an expense to keep, as there are now modern ways to rescue people and a smaller group of monks were incapable of the daily care of so many dogs. Well-written and will appeal especially to dog lovers as there is some peril, but this is not one of those "dead dog" stories. Too bad it is out of print! Should be made available on Kindle.

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