White Fur Flying

by Patricia MacLachlan

Hardcover, 2013



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Margaret K. McElderry Books (2013), 112 pages


A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family that rescues dogs.

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LibraryThing member bookwren
A sweet story about a family who rescues Great Pyrenees dogs and sends white fur flying to heal a dysfuncuntional neighbor family. Zoe, the eldest daughter, is the narrator and first to understand Phillip's reason for not speaking, but it is her younger sister, Alice, the poet and writer, who
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brings it all together in the end with her eloquent poem and journal entry. Lena the African grey parrot provides comic relief and, in some ways, has the last word.
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LibraryThing member dmiller70
Good story for beginning chapter book readers and dog lovers.
LibraryThing member robincar
Zoe’s family rescues and fosters Great Pyrenees dogs until they can be adopted into a nice home. When a new family with a little boy who won’t talk moves in next door, Zoe and the family dog Kodi try to make friends. Zoe realizes that maybe the dogs and the rescued African grey parrot Lena can
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help Phillip to want to speak again. The story is fairly short, but quite sweet and it explores family dynamics in the two families as well as the important positive influence that animals can have in people’s lives. The dogs, and their fur, give the book its name and its heart. The African grey parrot Lena adds humor to the story and Zoe’s little sister Alice helps bring things together at the end of the book. This charming story about rescuing dogs and boys should appeal to animal lovers and kids in grades three through five.
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LibraryThing member lolhscybrarian
I enjoyed the story, appreciated the perspective and agree that White Fur Flying is good for a transitional reader. The human animal connection was a powerful element within the storyline. However, my mind began to wander towards of the possibilities of using this book to approach and discuss
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social issues or issues that arise in children's lives, such as divorce and/or domestic violence. Some students not only need characters to identify with, such as Phillip, but also need stories such as this to explore a world that may be foreign to them where rainbows and unicorns are not ever present. The subtle mention of the problems of Phillip's parents allows for connections, questions and curiosity but does not rip the carpet of innocence out from underneath a young readers feet.
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LibraryThing member EmKel753
White Fur Flying is about about two sisters, Zoe and Alice, who try to help their neighbor Philip find his voice again. The story is about compassion, patience, and empathy. I highly recommend this.
LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Gracefully written and touching.
LibraryThing member katelyndraper
When a some new neighbors move in next door Zoe's family is very curious. The family seems very standoffish and the don't talk. Phillip the young boy won't speak to people at all. That is until Zoe's mom introduces Phillip to their rescued great Pyrenees dog Kodi. One night Zoe's family. When the
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dog and Phillip goes missing during a huge storm everyone is very concerned. Phillip had followed the dog to a barn where they had shelter.
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LibraryThing member madelire
This early chapter book was a great example of the genre. It provides a smooth transition for readers who no longer need as much controlled vocabulary, and do not need illustrations on every page, but who are not yet ready for a book as long and complex as some of the novels for the middle school
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age group. This book was a fun read, I do love stories about dogs and I thought the situation of Phillip, and Zoe's reaction, were depicted in a way that would make sense to and intrigue the readers in this stage of development.
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LibraryThing member Jadedog13

For Sue Carlin and all
those who rescue dogs --

And for those who adopt
and foster them.

It is a heroic, never-ending job.

And for Kodi.

This story is about a family whose mom rescues great pyrenees dogs and whose dad is a vet. A boy moves in next door with his aunt & uncle. The boy doesn't
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speak and he quickly bonds with the dogs.

This a cute story about how dogs can change your life and how dogs are very sensitive to people's needs. They know who needs their love most and are able to give it. Sometimes dogs know that people need saving when they don't even know it themselves.

I enjoyed this story. It literally took me an hour to read. This story will appeal to any dog lover or kid who has always wanted a dog...

Recommended to:
Readers in grades 3-5 (or anyone else who loves dogs).
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LibraryThing member Robinsonstef
Zoe’s house is always full of flying fur! Her mom rescues Great Pyrenees dogs until they can find a safe and permanent home. Dogs are always coming and going, except the one dog that is always with them, Kodi. Zoe and her sister, Alice, love the dogs and get very attached to them. When the girls
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see a car drop off a young boy at the house next door, they're instantly curious. Out in the country new kids are rare. Zoe and Alice don’t learn much about the new neighbor, just that his name is Phillip, and he's living with his aunt and uncle for some unknown reason. It's hard to find out any information because Phillip won’t talk, but he does seem to enjoy the company of Kodi. He also listens to the girls as they talk to him, but he seems lost in his emotions and doesn’t want to let anyone in. Of course, Zoe is curious about him and his reasons for not talking, but she agrees to wait it out. When Phillip goes missing during a major storm, everyone is frantic. To make matters worse, Kodi is missing too. Where have they gone? Will Phillip ever let his emotions out and tell the girls about himself? Why is he so afraid to talk to them. What will happen if Phillip and Kodi can’t be found? If you're looking for a short read with an emotional impact, this is the perfect book for you!

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan is a book about patience, acceptance, unconditional friendship, and being comfortable enough to be ourselves. Zoe is a character I can relate to, she's kind and loves those around her. My heart went out to Phillip and his aunt because they were both going through their own struggles. I especially enjoyed Zoe’s mom because she seems to have wonderful intuition about animals and humans. I think kids in second grade and up will enjoy this book, as it's a shorter chapter book, but has important themes and will make them think. It's always fun to read a book in one sitting! This story makes you realize what an important emotional connection people and animals have!
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
A loving family of mother, father and two sisters, rescue and place Geat Pyrenees dogs. Brushed often, still there is always white fur adhering to almost every surface. There is a constant place of dogs rescued and brought into this home to be placed in another. It takes a lot of love and patience
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to get attached to a dog only to find a home for him/her. But, there is one dog that remains with them and this dog will perform a wonderful task when a little boy is dropped off at the neighbors house.

The family learns that he refuses to talk, and is very attached to their family dog. The two sisters grow to love the little boy, and the mother welcomes the little boy's aunt with whom he lives.

A nice story with a bit of drama, lots of love and the mission to help a little boy relearn to talk.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
Cute story of a family who does animal rescue and the new neighbors who move in next door. Not much depth for an adult read, but should be fine for the target audience of younger children.


Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 2016)
Triple Crown Awards (Nominee — 2016)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2015)
William Allen White Children's Book Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2016)
Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2015)
Great Lakes Great Books Award (Honor Book — 2015)
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2016)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2018)
Iowa Children's Choice Award (Nominee — 2016)
Land Of Enchantment Book Award (Nominee — Children's Book, 2015-2016; Young Adult, 2015-2016)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — 2015)
Massachusetts Book Award (Must-Read (Longlist) — 2014)


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