Rescuing Oricito

The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog

by Marty Kingsbury



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/1/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781480806849
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781480806863
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781480806856

About the Book

Oricito has never been alone. In all of his eight weeks on earth, his mamá and his littermates have made the world a smaller, friendlier, and more playful place. But now they are all gone. As the sun rises on a new day, Oricito realizes that he too must either find his way or stay and die of starvation.

Led by his nose and his growling tummy, Oricito travels to a riverside dock in Valdivia, Chile, where he soon encounters an enormous creature with long whiskers, shiny teeth, powerful flippers, and beady eyes. Oricito wants to play, but the sea lion does not. After one good hiss, Oricito is chased into the street where a spooked horse kicks him and leaves him for dead. But all is not lost when two wily street dogs with much more worldly experience rescue Oricito and invite him along on their great adventures.

In this tale for middle readers, a puppy journeys from his family to become a street dog who, with his two new friends, must battle rain, hunger, cats, big dogs, and the most evil of all evil forces: a local politician whose greatest ambition is to rid Valdivia of street dogs.

About the Author

Marty Kingsbury’s poetry and fiction have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the United States and Canada: Telling our Stories: Roll, The Animal Anthology Project, and Fresh! Literary Magazine. Her plays have been produced in the United States, England, and Australia. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her lover and their two rescue dogs.

Illustrator Tatiana Messina is a painter and designer. She lives with her husband and two children in Temuco, Chile, where, for the last ten years, she has created scenery, costumes, and puppets for opera at the Teatro Municipal.