When a blizzard traps a family outside in a whiteout, a cattle dog devises a stunning rescue in a moving, suspenseful, and gorgeously illustrated story.

A family—a mother, a father, and their ten-year-old son—have come all the way from Florida to the Appalachian foothills to experience the wonder of a snowy weekend. At a nearby farm, a cattle dog is working, as she does every day, driving her forty head of cattle from pasture to corral and back again. And then, suddenly, a blizzard descends. The family is trapped outside, disoriented in the whiteout. They are panicked, exhausted, freezing, and stranded in waist-deep drifts. From off in the distance, the cattle dog has heard their faint, snow-drowned cries. Her inexhaustible attention turns to saving them. This stirring tale is both a compelling story of survival and a meditation on the tremendous will of man's best friend.


Michael J. Rosen is a dog lover of the highest order. His canine canon includes the anthology The Company of Dogs; My Dog! A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet; Speak! Children’s Book Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs; Bonesy and Isabel; With a Dog Like That, a Kid Like Me . . . ; The Blessing of the Animals; The Dog Who Walked with God; and The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers. The Tale of Rescue was inspired by his newest rescue dog, an Australian stumpy-tail cattle dog named Chant. Michael J. Rosen lives in Glenford, Ohio.

Stan Fellows has illustrated several books for children, including John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky and The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems by Michael J. Rosen. He lives in Colorado.


Michael J. Rosen is a spectacular storyteller. Without even looking at the illustrations, every movement, every feeling, was set before me with his words.


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